RESIDENTS in outlying villages around Orange could soon benefit from access to Salvation Army services if the dream of a mobile store comes to fruition.
Salvation Army Orange director of operations Matthew McBurney said a mobile store would mean isolated people could access warm clothes, blankets and household goods without travelling into Orange.
“Our message is about freedom and freedom from the tyranny of distance is one thing we’re trying to achieve,” he said.
“It’s about assisting people with basic everyday needs.”
Mr McBurney said the Salvation Army needed sponsors to help them purchase a vehicle.
“We’re applying for grants to help us out by we really need sponsors,” he said.
“We’d love to hear from people in the motor vehicle industry and even caravan places and companies that can do the fitout.
“We’ve got volunteers to help us out with the rest.”
Mr McBurney said if the Salvation Army raised funds for a vehicle they could meet the needs of more people in the central west.
“We’re looking at, as well as selling goods, sending out welfare staff and we’re investigating the benefits of a playgroup,” he said.
Mr McBurney said he would like to hear from people in outlying villages about what services they needed most.
“We want to service directly the needs of farmers and support local businesses,” he said.
“We don’t want to compete with businesses, just complement them, so we need that consultation.”
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor contact 6361 3578.