Unwanted gifts sure to benefit others
By donating unwanted gifts to the Red Cross, people can help save lives and support those in need throughout the year.
Bunbury Red Cross store assistant Christine Routley said the amount of money spent on unwanted gifts at Christmas was “unbelievable”.
Research estimated Australians spent up to $630 million on unwanted festive gifts last year, with 20.6 million presents going to waste.
“At this time of year we see a lot of tourists coming through buying books and DVDs, as well as the local community coming in to buy clothing and bric a brac,” she said.
“We would really value good quality, saleable clothing, accessories, homewares and gifts. Please don’t just ditch your unwanted items, make an effort to come in and donate them.
“We have a quick turnaround of items and it is really important people know that the money made goes towards saving lives and providing vital support for people in need.”
She urged people to think before they donated an item as it cost them time and money if dirty or poor quality items were donated because they needed to be sorted through or thrown out.
She had noticed an increase in the number of young men coming in to purchase items and encouraged the community to think about how they could support those in need.
Red Cross has a network of over 150 stores across Australian in every state and territory.
Donations can be brought into any Red Cross shop, including the Wellington Street store in Bunbury.
Red Cross does not accept donations of mattresses, electrical goods or clothing with stains or damage.
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