Family Store to stay open
Although Bramwell Booth House closed down on Saturday its benefactor, the Family Store, won't be.
The Temuka Family Store in King St was established by the Salvation Army to raise funds for the home, which in recent times has housed intellectually disabled residents.
Major Murray Sanson said the money raised from the op shop in the future would be used for its community services in outlying areas.
He is unsure how much will be raised as the recipient switch only comes into effect from December 2. Because Christmas is a financially stressful time for many families, Mr Sanson said the army would be busy and the op shop probably would be too.
"My mother and father taught me to only buy something if I have the money to buy it. I've carried on with that as much as I can."
Major Sanson said the easy availability of credit made it difficult for people.
"If people don't pay it back each month the interest can be horrendous."
With the closure of Bramwell Booth, Major Sanson said parishioners would miss the residents who attended church in Timaru each week.
"They were colourful and enjoyed a sense of acceptance," he said.
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