Redlands Touch Club partners with Salvation Army to drive donations to stores during COVID-19

HOT WHEELS: Salvos stores area manager Madeleine McGowan with Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Lance Hewlett are ready for donations.
HOT WHEELS: Salvos stores area manager Madeleine McGowan with Redlands MP Kim Richards and Cr Lance Hewlett are ready for donations.

REDLANDS Touch Football Club has kicked off a team effort with the Salvation Army to drive increased donations to stores.

The Clear out your wardrobes and support Redlands Touch Club campaign is a fundraiser where the club collects donations and Salvos stores provide a financial incentive for each bag of clothing their members donate.

Clothing donations are made directly to the club house on Long Street Cleveland, and the Salvos truck will take the donations to a warehouse for sorting and distributing to the stores.

"With the current COVID-19 pandemic we have found that our stores are experiencing a very high demand and there is a much greater community need for our services," Salvos stores area manager Madeleine McGowan said.

Ms McGowan said the demand for quality goods has far outstripped the local donation levels and this was where the club had partnered to help Salvos.

"The club is very supportive of the work the Salvation Army does within the community and Salvos stores are excited to see the young players back out on the fields doing what they love," she said.

Ms McGowan said vice-president of the Redland Touch Club Rick Lester was receptive when he was first approached him with the idea.

"The club could immediately see the benefits of our two community organisations working together."

Since launching this week Redlands MP Kim Richards has also offered her electorate office in the Lakeside Shopping Precinct as a drop off point. She has Salvos bags available for people wishing to support the initiative.

Redland City councillors Lance Hewlett and Peter Mitchell are also supporting the initiative.