Parry Sound Town Council will consider funding for a new Salvation Army Community Response Unit in the 2019 budget.

Council voted in favour of placing the funding request of $15,000 by Lieutenant Corps Officer/Pastor of Parry Sound’s Salvation Army Rainbow Country Church Scott Allen in the budget discussions at Tuesday night’s inaugural meeting.

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Lieutenant Scott Allen. Photo Tom Mangos

 

In his request, Lieutenant Allen said the current CRU is 17 years old and no longer reliable.

The Salvation Army is hoping to raise a total of $130,000 for the purchase of a new Community Response Unit and associated equipment including emergency vests and new food containers.

Lieutenant Allen said the CRU serves both as a support services provider for First Responders in disaster and emergency situations and as a community outreach vehicle at local events which includes providing hot meals for up to 100 community members on a weekly basis.

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Photo: Salvation Army

 

Lieutenant Allen said he will also be approaching Town Councils in Seguin, Carling, and McDougall for funding assistance although no dollar amount will be specified.