Do­nate your time at the Red Cross shop

Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - TERESA HATTAN

Please do­nate your time is the plea of Mata­mata’s Red Cross shop co­or­di­na­tor Claire Ash­ton.

The lo­cal not-for-profit char­ity shop has a wide range of qual­ity do­nated goods, but what the store needs right now is those who have time to do­nate.

Ben­e­fits for those who can vol­un­teer in­clude giv­ing to a lo­cal cause. The Mata­mata Red Cross shop pro­vides funds for the Mata­mata Health Shut­tle and also to Red Cross na­tion­wide. This in turn pro­vides dis­as­ter wel­fare teams and fully equipped vans. Th­ese were used af­ter the Christchurch earth­quake and re­cent flood­ing in Whanganui.

Claire said vol­un­teer­ing at the store could also be a path­way to paid em­ploy­ment.

Vol­un­teer­ing at the store is usu­ally fun, Claire said, but it can get very busy. She and the team are able to find a per­son’s strengths, whether it be sort­ing, pric­ing or win­dow dress­ing.

She said the store gives equal op­por­tu­nity to ev­ery­one and cur­rently has a di­verse range of peo­ple who give of their time so freely. ‘‘Those al­ready here are great, we’d just like a few more, es­pe­cially over the hol­i­day pe­riod,’’ Claire said.

The store could then pos­si­bly look to ex­tend shop hours.

If you can help, pop into the shop on Arawa St or phone Claire on 880 9018.

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