Money helps lo­cally

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

The Mata­mata Red Cross shop sells more than sec­ond hand goods, although they do still need do­na­tions of those, the shop co­or­di­na­tor Leanne Mon­tague said.

The shop and the vol­un­teers are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the do­na­tions they have re­ceived al­ready from lo­cals but also need more, she said.

They are es­pe­cially grate­ful for the la­belled cloth­ing like World, An­nah Stret­ton, Trelise Cooper, Kelvin Kline and Stella McCart­ney that have been do­nated.

Those higher fash­ion clothes gain more money for the non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and Mata­mata res­i­dents ben­e­fit from that. The money is used lo­cally to help fund the health shut­tle.

The money is also used to pro­vide refugee ser­vices and path­ways to em­ploy­ment and restor­ing fam­ily links.

The Mata­mata Red Cross shop, like many shops around the coun­try, also still pro­vide funds to the Christchurch Earth­quake fund Red Cross re­gional man­ager Bron­wyn Tub­man said.

Mon­tague has also started sell­ing new Ed Hardy, Vans, Dick­ies and Pu­mas cloth­ing and shoes at the Red Cross shop. The level one shop, the high­est sta­tus a Red Cross shop can be, ac­cepts do­na­tions such as cloth­ing, shoes and fur­ni­ture but not elec­tri­cal goods. Any­thing that is not sold at the shop after a cer­tain time is then taken to a level two shop. If the item does not sell there it is bailed up and sent to In­dia.

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