SALVATION Army Gladstone has been given 100 homes worth of furniture from Bechtel to sell and hand out to the people of Gladstone.

The Salvation Army shed, originally built to house the emergency services, is now full with tables, chairs, beds, fridges, couches and other appliances.

In a need to clear the shed, core officer Chris Ford has organised a sale on September 12 starting at 9am and finishing at 2pm.

Mr Ford was torn between selling the "almost new" donations for a premium price, but decided to move "as much as possible on the 12th".

"When I opened the fridges they still had that new fridge smell," he said.

"I was conflicted about how to handle this donation, but basically the more I can get for the stuff the more I can help."

GENEROUS: Salvation Army core officer Chris Ford was honoured Bechtel respected the Salvos enough to donate 100 homes worth of furniture.
GENEROUS: Salvation Army core officer Chris Ford was honoured Bechtel respected the Salvos enough to donate 100 homes worth of furniture. Mike Richards

All of the proceeds of the sales will stay in Gladstone and go towards those in need and the Salvation Army programs.

Mr Ford said donations of this size were rare.

"We couldn't believe it when it arrived," he said. "I felt honoured that we were so respected in the community."

The donation, which has been insured for $180,000, couldn't have come at a better time for Mr Ford.

"With the downturn in Gladstone we have a lot of people who are not used to going without are struggling," he said.

"We go to pubs on Friday nights and we visit twice the number of pubs we used to, and it takes us three times as long and we get two thirds the donations."

They are finding that people can't afford the donations seen in the past and there were more people who wanted to talk about their struggles.

"We are seeing a lot more people in genuine need and that is what we are there for," he said.



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