Strong response to Sallies offer of meal

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The Salvation Army will be fulfilling Oamaru’s need for a hearty meal and warm company again next Sunday, November 10.

Salvation Army officer Captain Russell Garbet said there was clearly a need for the organisation’s community meal initiative, and a strong community uptake.

“In Invercargill we had about 120 people turn up, from a population of 50,000,” he said.

“In Oamaru [pop. 14,000] about 70 people attend our meals.

“Yes, I would say there is a significant need here.”

A range of people attended for a variety of different reasons, some for the company and some were trying to stretch a budget, he said.

There were also members of the Salvation Army’s congregation who went just to support the programme and help make it a success, he said.

All who came were welcome, the Salvation Army asked only that people called (03) 434-8413 and confirmed their intent to attend, so catering staff could plan for the expected number of guests, he said.

The community meal was held at the Youth Hall, 255 Thames St, Oamaru, from 12:30pm on the second Sunday of every month, he said.

Captain Garbet wished to remind the community that the programme survived on the town’s goodwill.

“We really are very grateful for any donations we get,” he said.

By Daniel Stephens