Where does it all go?!
I often get asked at my op shop, “What do you do with all of the goods you receive?!”
As well as keeping the shop’s shelves and racks stocked with good quality, well priced, used items for bargain hunters and those with a limited income, stock is moved on to other organisations to provide assistance wherever it is needed.
Last year a package of bras was sent to the Uplift Project which sends to communities in Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Philippines, Bali, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley.
We also gave boxes of books to a local ovarian cancer group to support their fundraising efforts, and provided children’s books and bed linen to the St Vincent de Paul in Humanitarian Settlement Services office for distribution to refugee families settling in the area.
Blankets, sheets, towels and pillow cases were donated to the Animal Winter Appeal and local wildlife carer, and footy boots went to the PE department at the secondary school.
For many years clothing of historical value has been sent to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, and other items of a nostalgic nature have made their way into various museums. “As new” toys and caps go to Samaritan’s Purse for their gift-filled shoe boxes for children in need, and dress-ups are donated to the primary school.
We also supply the local emergency relief organisation with toys for their Christmas hampers and vouchers to hand out to families in need of clothing, bed linen or kitchen items.
So, as you can see, your donations can end up anywhere, helping many different people in many different ways!