In the letter from Brenda Clark regarding the Red Deer Clothing Bank, concern was expressed about lack of free or affordable children’s clothing.
Canadian Mental Health has a voucher system (which means items are free) for individuals in need of clothing for any member of their family (babies to seniors) or for household necessities such as dishes or bedding. A person in need simply comes into our office, lets us know they are in need, and then they are given a voucher for either Bargain Treasures or Bibles for Missions (a partner in this service). Individuals may have three vouchers a year, with no questions asked (other than their name). In addition, as special circumstances occur, people can be given further assistance.
As well, Salvation Army does issue vouchers for free clothing from Bargain Treasures, as needed. Many of the local support agencies and churches are aware of our voucher system and refer individuals to us as well.
To date, (April to August 2013) we have issued 239 vouchers for a value of $4,500 of thrift shop goods.
We want to support families in this community, so we are very happy to receive donations of gently used clothing of all sizes, which allows us then to sell at a very reduced rate, or for no charge with a voucher.
CMHA Central Alberta Region