Huge increase in donations

Second-hand shops appreciative of Gisborne's generous community.

Second-hand shops appreciative of Gisborne's generous community.

GISBORNE is a generous community, say second-hand shops that have received a record increase in donations over the holiday period.

The Salvation Army’s Family Store had a tenfold increase of donations over the Christmas and New Year break.

“It's been incredible,” said manager Heidi Parkes.

“We think it's down to the beautiful weather. There are grandparents and aunties doing childcare, university students are at home and it is a chance to take advantage of the extra hands around to clear out corners and create less clutter in the homes.”

More and more people seemed to be hopping on the up-cycle and on-cycle bandwagon, she said. The items have been of good quality and in good quantities too.

Hospice Store manager Brenda Kinder said they had had a massive increase in donations. She believes it is because we live in a disposable society.

They are most grateful as donations are how they make their money to help Hospice clients.

The SPCA Charity shop in Treble Court is entirely volunteer-run with all funds to help the cats and dogs at the Matawhero Haven.

Manager Anne Pardoe does put a limit on what they accept but they love linen, woollen blankets, homewear and fashion clothing. They also pick up donations.

There is no SPCA car, just a “generous husband” who does not mind helping out, she said.

GISBORNE is a generous community, say second-hand shops that have received a record increase in donations over the holiday period.

The Salvation Army’s Family Store had a tenfold increase of donations over the Christmas and New Year break.

“It's been incredible,” said manager Heidi Parkes.

“We think it's down to the beautiful weather. There are grandparents and aunties doing childcare, university students are at home and it is a chance to take advantage of the extra hands around to clear out corners and create less clutter in the homes.”

More and more people seemed to be hopping on the up-cycle and on-cycle bandwagon, she said. The items have been of good quality and in good quantities too.

Hospice Store manager Brenda Kinder said they had had a massive increase in donations. She believes it is because we live in a disposable society.

They are most grateful as donations are how they make their money to help Hospice clients.

The SPCA Charity shop in Treble Court is entirely volunteer-run with all funds to help the cats and dogs at the Matawhero Haven.

Manager Anne Pardoe does put a limit on what they accept but they love linen, woollen blankets, homewear and fashion clothing. They also pick up donations.

There is no SPCA car, just a “generous husband” who does not mind helping out, she said.

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