The Salvation Army is opening a new Wigan borough base aimed at making larger gifts to charity more accessible and therefore easier.
The Donation Centre, which is only the third of its kind for the organisation in the country, is about to be launched at a site that was a Morrisons Local store until two years ago on Wigan Road at Bryn.
Its out-of-town location on the main road and with parking facilities adjoining the premises will make it easier to hand over larger items including furniture and electrical goods, as well as the more portable clothing, ornaments, CDs, DVDs and books, to the cause.
Project manager Jayne Sargeant said: “We already have Donation Centres in West Bromwich and Edinburgh and they are proving to be extremely viable in terms of generating more donations.
“High street charity shops are sometimes difficult to access and so the location of these centres is critical to their success.”
As well as donating facilities, the centre will have an on-site charity shop."
Shop manager Naomi Storey said: “We know from feedback that donors appreciate their generosity benefitting the local community which, for us, is here within Wigan, and we are pleased we can support this aspiration by providing quality pre-loved goods at excellent value.”
The centre will run with the help of volunteers from the local area, bosses saying that this is another way in which the new establishment will enrich the community.
Naomi added: “One of the great things about our location, size and variety of stock is that we can welcome a large number of volunteers who want to give their time and be a part of something special, all within a team environment.”
The Salvation Army is a church and charity dedicated to caring for people who are vulnerable or in need in every community.
It works in 128 countries offering compassionate support and practical help.
In the UK and Ireland, it has more than 800 community churches and social centres, including one in Scholes and a charity shop in Wallgate.
The Donation Centre is located at 373-385 Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield. It will open for the first time on Tuesday July 17 at 10.30am.
The charity’s nearest church is on Chapel Street, Ashton, which holds two Sunday morning services, the latter for children, and an evening meeting.
Weekday activities include a luncheon club, friendship club, toddler group and Bible studies.