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Salvation Army shows can-do attitude for needy

by 'HELEN KREFT' (Burton Mail)

BURTON’S Salvation Army is one of just 50 centres across the UK taking part in a nationwide television campaign to help families in need.  

ITV’s Daybreak has joined up with The Co-operative to launch a Donate a Can campaign this week, which asks customers to buy an extra food can from the store which will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Vic Wileman, a member of Burton’s Salvation Army, said: “Yesterday, on ITV’s Daybreak, a campaign, has been launched with the Co-operative and the Salvation Army, requesting people, when out shopping at their Cooperative store, to purchase an extra can to place in the container in store.

“These will then be distributed to 50 Salvation Army centres throughout the UK, and yes Burton Salvation Army is one of the centres.

“It will be featured on the ITV Daybreak show each morning this week. People can donate their can’s from today until close of business on Sunday, December 2.”

Co-operative stores taking part in the appeal in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire are Waterloo Street, Burton, Castle Park, in Horninglow Road, Main Street, Stretton, James Brindley Way, Stretton, Stanton Road, Stanton, Woods Lane Stapenhill, Church Hill Street, Winshill, The Precinct, Main Street, Stretton, and Burnside, Rolleston.

After Burton’s Salvation Army receives the food cans, they will be donated to known families in need this Christmas.

More than 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. This includes one in three children. Families across the country are struggling to put meals on their tables.

The Salvation Army has revealed that the number of food parcels being given out from their food centres have doubled in two years. It has released the following list of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’:  -

Food can only be donated via the collection containers in participating Cooperative Food stores across the UK. - Food can only be accepted until the store closing times on Sunday, December 2. -

All food donated must be in an unopened tin can - All food donated needs to be fit for human consumption -

All food donated needs to be within best before or use by date -

Only canned food and no canned drinks are accepted. However canned liquids for cooking purposes are, such as condensed milk and coconut milk -

No damaged cans will be accepted -

All cans must have their own labels attached -

All cans donated must be have been purchased in Britain and must have passed UK food regulations -

All cans must be donated by persons over 18.

extract from the Burton Mail 27th November 2012