Good cause: Warren Morgan, John Paul Young, Evelyn Lawler and Eve Anderson. Op Shop Week ends September 2. Picture: Simone De PeakTHE St Vincent de Paul Society is broadening its donation collection beyond shop counters and street bins and moving into the Hunter’s workplaces.
The Catholic charity has launched its Corporate Mobile Donation Station campaign, which encourages workplaces to partner with the St Vincent de Paul Society and install a blue receptacle on their premises, to provide a convenientway for employees to give unused and preloved clothing.
St Vincent de Paul Society events and engagement coordinatorJenny Barrie said Newcastle City Council and Aecom Pty Ltd at Warabrook had opted to have the clothing bins delivered to their workplaces. “If businesses want they cantrial the idea for three to six months,” Ms Barrie said. “We felt moving into workplaces would make it easier to collect quality donations that were more saleable. They would realise it’s not about putting rags in there but clothes –that they’d understand that philosophy a little bit better.”
Ms Barrie said only 10 per cent of donations delivered to the charity’s blue bins across the Hunter were able to be sold. Garbage including nappies is often dumped in the bins and contaminates good quality items.
Selling second-hand goods in its stores provides the majority of funds for thecharity to be able to delivermaterial assistance and support families in need. Last year it provided $2.55 million worth of help in food vouchers, medical costs, educational support, utility bills and rent acrossNewcastle and Maitland.
Singer John Paul Young and piano player Warren Morgan visited the Islington store on Wednesday duringthe sixth Op Shop Weekto help launch the campaign.