Op Shop prices de­fended

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

The let­ter of Kuia Rawakore (May 27), which im­plies that the St Vin­cent de Paul shop is ‘‘rob­bing the poor’’, is un­for­tu­nate and un­bal­anced.

Our man­ager as­sures me that ‘‘vin­tage prices’’ were not dis­cussed and sug­ges­tions that she ‘‘lump it’’ were never made.

We have been run­ning a $2.50/bag sale for the past two months dur­ing the road works.

This sale has now ended, but we have racks of adult cloth­ing at $1 or $2 per item, as well as chil­dren’s cloth­ing at 50 cents per item.

We also have racks of high­er­priced cloth­ing to re­flect the di­verse range of cus­tomers who con­tinue to sup­port our new man­ager and shop.

The new man­ager has been a vol­un­teer helper for the past five years and knows our clien­tele and mis­sion well.

St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety sup­ports com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives such as koha sheds, which have re­ceived do­na­tions from us.

This year we have al­ready pro­vided 77 free food parcels to needy fam­i­lies and pro­vided free of charge, fur­ni­ture, house­hold items, white­ware, cloth­ing and bed­ding to eight fam­i­lies or in­di­vid­u­als re­ferred to us for wel­fare as­sis­tance.

Our shop in­come helps to pay our bills, such as rates, rubbish re­moval, power and phone charges, eft­pos and build­ing main­te­nance.

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