June 15, 2024
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By Connor Pitre

The Salvation Army Thrift Shop will reopen its doors in Yellowknife after being shut down for a while due to flood damage.

Tony Brusset is the executive director of the Salvation Army Yellowknife. He helped explain exactly what happened. On August 16, the same day that the City ordered the evacuation due to wildfires in Yellowknife, he said that something broke inside the building and caused flooding that evening. For three weeks the inventory of this thrift shop sat in floodwaters, costing around $100,000.

Tony, who is the manager of the shop, says they still accept donations three months after it reopened.

We certainly needed them because, as we couldn’t tell where the flood was coming from. So we had to replace all our stock. Our staff has been sorting the clothes and people have donated generously over the past couple of months. We’ll start to put them out in preparation for opening on Tuesday.

Tony said that because they could not locate the source, they had to dispose of a large part of their stock, since there were concerns that the water might have been contaminated.

Tony explained that there are many groups in the community who the thrift shop supports.

The Christmas kettles and the proceeds from our thrift shop will be used to provide Christmas hampers to 750 families living in Yellowknife, and the surrounding area. Our food bank also receives support, with fifty-six families visiting it every week.

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