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11 June 2007

The Salvation Army raised some $4000 during two separate book carnivals held on 3-4 June 2005 and 3-4 December 2005.

Conducted at the Geylang Methodist Secondary School and The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store (Upper Serangoon) respectively, the carnivals involved close to 200 individual and group volunteers sorting and categorizing second-hand books and providing customer service to members of the public.

The carnivals were initiated by The Salvation Army Library Enterprise, or SALE for short. SALE was started by Army volunteers in early 2004 to create a book sales area within the Family Thrift Store, allowing members of the public to purchase second-hand books with ease. This initiative has since grown to include two rooms of uncategorized book collections and another six rooms of specific book themes, including children, young adult/teenage, adult, reference/special interest, Chinese/other languages and religion. All books had been generously donated by individuals and organizations.

The carnivals generated a buzz of activity. Families with young children, working adults and teenagers spent four happy days browsing and filling their carts with books. The amount raised helps support the various social programmes operated by The Salvation Army.

Article originally published on the SA-V (Salvation Army Volunteer) Bulletin on 24 February 2006 © All Rights Reserved