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Salvation Army collects over 200 bags of clothing at Vancouver Sun Run


For the fourth straight year, The Salvation Army was on hand at the start line of The Vancouver Sun Run, collecting donated clothing of runners as they began their run.

This year the weather was amazing, with clear blue skies and an unusually warm May morning. Salvation Army volunteers wondered if clothing donations this year may be down with fewer runners showing up with extra layers—that wasn’t the case at all.

Over 50,000 participants ran in the Sun Run this year, a very good turnout, with many participants remembering to bring an extra item of clothing to donate to The Salvation Army at the start line.

Over 200 bags were filled with donated clothes, equaling 4000 lbs of new stock for Salvation Army Thrift Stores.

“It was another tremendously successful year in our partnership with The Vancouver Sun Run,” said Major Brian Venables of The Salvation Army. “These clothing donations will equal a major boost for our Thrift Stores, so we want to say thanks to everyone who donated!”

Salvation Army Thrift Stores recycle over 100 million pounds of textiles each year, significantly reducing what would otherwise end up in landfills. Salvation Army Thrift Stores also provide clothing vouchers to low-income families across Canada in excess of $500,000 each year, and have provided over $14 million to Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters to fund social services throughout Canada.

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