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Salvos flooded with support after storm loss

Salvation Army Spoiled Food

Last weekend’s wild weather wreaked havoc across the Far West, and the Salvation Army was not immune from storm damage, with a power cut causing mass food spoilage.

Due to an electrical surge on Sunday afternoon, the Salvo’s emergency relief centre lost power, and with a safety switch tripping throughout the surge, power was not restored to the building until Wednesday afternoon.

The end result was food that had been donated to the organisation for distribution to those most-at-risk of hunger spoiled.

Don Barron, co-founder of Feeding Friends, told the Truth the Salvation Army, “had no frozen meals, no meat products, nothing for those seeking urgent food assistance,” as a result of the surge.

“When I received the call on Wednesday to please come and help clean up, I was nearly in tears, as were the Salvos themselves. I took my trailer and we loaded it a few times to dispose of all the wasted food,” Mr Barron said.

When he put a call-out on the Feeding Friends Facebook Page on Wednesday night requesting urgent assistance for the Salvos, locals banded together to ensure both organisations could continue to support those who depend on their services.

Feeding Friends supporter Jason Muldoon donated $300 to the Broken Hill Salvos, with Mr Barron noting, “Jason regularly helps Feeding Friends, but this time he wanted to help the Salvos in their time of crisis.”

Kellie Madigan, another Feeding Friends supporter, donated canned goods and snack bars to the Salvation Army. Danielle Drury and her son, Kylie-Kieran Cole, and Dawson’s Bakehouse also helped.

Mr Barron individually thanked those who donated and contributed to the Salvos on the Feeding Friends social media page, and noted that while the donations had been crucial, further donations are still being requested to ensure clients can continue to access the same level of services as they could before last week’s storms.

If you’d like to help, The Salvation Army can be contacted on 8087 5114, and Feeding Friends on 0498 953 784.

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