Bruce Finkel cooks on one of the barbecues for the Salvation Army Thrift Store and Corps pancake breakfast held in the Thrift Store parking lot to celebrate Aboriginal Day.
The Wetaskiwin Salvation Army Corps and Thrift Store celebrated Aboriginal Day with a free pancake breakfast from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the parking lot of the Thrift Store. Throughout the whole time, a goodly number were coming and going, eating and shopping. Indeed, the breakfast was so popular that additional breakfast supplies were brought in. The volunteer cooks, mostly from the Corps, are to be congratulated for getting the pancakes, bacon and sausages cooked just right. The fruits and whipped topping were also delicious.
Many of those who came for breakfast wandered through the Thrift Store finding things they needed, wanted, or that special little something that delights. Virtually anything that is too good to garbage but no longer needed or wanted can be given to the Thrift Store, which then makes it look its best and sells it for a low price. This system serves four vital purposes. First, it provides a way to clear out or downsize and feel good about the future use of those special items that are now surplus. Second, it reuses and recycles, keeping useable items out of landfills. Thirdly, it lets people acquire the things they need at a cost they can afford. Finally, it raises significant funds to support the ongoing work of the Salvation Army in helping others. It is worth noting that the Salvation Army Thrift Stores were performing all these vital functions long before the present environmental push to reuse and recycle.
The pancake breakfast also served another function as a wind-up to the fall to spring programming at the Corps, a final opportunity to gather for a special event before the summer break.
We may also note that Majors Terry and Joanne Cook have been called upon to help with the Salvation Army flood recovery assistance in Calgary before they take their summer holidays. I am sure that they would appreciate being included in our prayers for all the victims and recovery workers in the flood areas.