St Vin­cent de Paul calls out for helpers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

THE af­ter­math of the hol­i­day sea­son has given the Vin­nies’ sec­ond-hand shop in Monto a good prob­lem to have – too much stock and a need to sort it.

As a re­sult of gen­er­ous lo­cals do­nat­ing stock from their Christ­mas clean-outs, the shop is cur­rently in­un­dated with cloth­ing, books and gen­eral bric-a-brac.

Shop man­ager Ja­nine Krueger and vol­un­teers had been flat-out sort­ing and pric­ing the goods but were in des­per­ate need of more vol­un­teers to help.

“We are call­ing on any­one who could spare some time to con­sider vol­un­teer­ing,” Mrs Krueger said.

“We need vol­un­teers to help sort the do­na­tions, to as­sist in store with cus­tomer ser­vice, with mer­chan­dis­ing and to process sales be­hind the counter.

“Our vol­un­teers have a great time; it’s such a friendly en­vi­ron­ment, and a great way to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Krueger said the hol­i­day sea­son was the busiest time ev­ery year, but this year the turnout had been par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy.

“Peo­ple bring in any­thing, if they’re do­ing a clean-out, they just bring in cloth­ing, fur­ni­ture, what­ever they’ve got,” Mrs Krueger said.

“It’s all for sale, so ev­ery­thing that we make in the store pretty much goes back into the com­mu­nity through the pro­grams we run, the wel­fare and as­sis­tance side of things.”

Cloth­ing is the big­gest do­na­tion item in the store.

Out the front of the shop, one can see the racks of clothes and shelves of sec­ond-hand knick-knacks on dis­play.

Be­hind the counter things are even more chaotic, with the stor­age area filled with old toys, fur­ni­ture, cloth­ing and more.

The shop is still look­ing for do­na­tions of fur­ni­ture items, and of­fers an op­tion for Vin­nies’ trucks to pick up good qual­ity do­na­tions if peo­ple are un­able to trans­port it.

“Peo­ple are al­ways in need of fur­ni­ture, it’s an ex­pen­sive part of start­ing a home,” Mrs Krueger said.

“Items such as beds and chairs are in high de­mand, but Vin­nies can only ac­cept items in good con­di­tion.”

“A good rule of thumb is that if you would give it to a friend, then we would grate­fully ac­cept it as a do­na­tion.”

Those look­ing to vol­un­teer can ei­ther visit the shop di­rectly on 44 Lister Street, Monto or call Ja­nine on 4992 2808.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

Vin­nies Monto full of items do­nated dur­ing the hol­i­days.

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