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Cambridge Salvation Army Going Strong One Year After Fire

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- There is not much left left of the old Salvation Army thrift store in Cambridge. In June of last year, the building was destroyed by an electrical fire, and all the donated items had to be thrown out.  However, walk into its new location along Route 50, you'd never be able to tell its entire inventory (its main source of funding) had been completely wiped out.

"We were suddenly without that for three or four months.  At the time, we didn't know it would be three or four months.  All of a sudden you have this fire and you can't run.  But the community really stepped up and a new location has been helpful," said Maj. Brooks Gilliam, leader of the Cambridge branch of the Salvation Army.

Gilliam said the Salvation Army moved into the vacant storefront along Route 50 just before Christmas, and shoppers have taken advantage of the new location.

"I think this is more accessible to the community.  As much as we enjoyed being downtown where everybody could get to us, being out on 50 and having more parking is convenient," Gilliam said.

People like Linda Dawson, who used to shop at the old store daily, say they are glad to see the store up and running better than ever.

"A lot of people can't afford new things all the time," Dawson said. "And when you can come in here and get good quality stuff, that means a lot to a lot of people.  I know it does me.  When you are on a certain budget, they will help you out, I'm so glad to see they are back open," said Dawson.

And not just open, but thriving in its new location.

The Salvation Army also plans to break ground on an expansion to its homeless shelter on June 16, growing from nine beds to 24.
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