Char­ity shop­ping spreads fes­tive cheer

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

With Christ­mas com­ing, there has never been a bet­ter time to do­nate goods, or give a lit­tle cash.

Ei­ther way, you can help spread a lit­tle Christ­mas cheer to those less for­tu­nate.

Hospice Mata­mata store man­ager Kate Adams says peo­ple shouldn’t look past a char­ity store when it comes to Christ­mas shop­ping - or do­nat­ing.

She says the hospice prides it­seld on pro­vid­ing qual­ity goods, and with a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion, they can be­come a very use­ful Christ­mas gift.

A man­nequin has been dec­o­rated over a Christ­mas tree to spread a lit­tle fes­tive cheer and also re­mind peo­ple of why the store is here.

‘‘With the man­nequin, peo­ple will re­mem­ber the hu­man form and that’s why we are here, to help peo­ple in need,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple come in be­cause peo­ple have said it’s the place to go. It’s like a depart­ment store, the way it’s set up.’’

The char­ity store has re­ceived some top qual­ity fur­ni­ture, an­tique cab­i­nets of Chi­nese and Ja­panese de­scent and toys still in their orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing.

‘‘Peo­ple are com­ing in and see­ing the qual­ity, and they think I have that at home and I don’t use it, so they do­nate it to Hospice.

‘‘We are very grate­ful to the peo­ple of Mata­mata,’’ says Adams. ‘‘With­out their con­tri­bu­tions, we wouldn’t ex­ist. We are all here as vol­un­teers and our aim is to help those in dire need be­cause they can’t help them­selves.

‘‘If peo­ple can’t af­ford to buy their chil­dren some­thing, they could get these toys and the kids would love it. We get jig­saw puz­zles and books that are brand spank­ing new.

‘‘They are in good con­di­tion, and if they are not, we send them on. Some­one can clean them up and do­nate them some­where else.

‘‘Peo­ple can come in and if they re­ally look and use their imag­i­na­tion, they can buy things for Christ­mas. You could go to the $2 and get a lit­tle box for it.’’

Adams says she would like peo­ple to be aware that the money Hospice makes doesn’t just ben­e­fit adults, but is passed on through all gen­er­a­tions.

‘‘There are chil­dren in that hos­pi­tal as well. The more do­na­tions we get, the more money comes into the shop to make Christ­mas a lot bet­ter than it would be.

‘‘It’s all about giv­ing and then pass­ing it on.’’

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