Donate only what you would give to a friend

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A dead shark, used den­tures and a pros­thetic limb are just a sam­ple of the odd items dropped at char­ity doorsteps across Aus­tralia, prompt­ing Na­tional Op Shop Week founder Jon Dee to urge good Sa­mar­i­tans to do­nate cor­rectly.

“The ma­jor­ity of do­na­tions are fan­tas­tic and help to fund vi­tal com­mu­nity ser­vices,” he said.

“But if you give them some­thing that’s un­sellable, then the char­ity op shop has to pay to dis­pose of that item.”

Mr Dee said char­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Red Cross, Vin­nies and Salvos stores, were spend­ing mil­lions of dol­lars each year to dis­pose of dirty nap­pies and stained sheets.

The Sal­va­tion Army spends $6 mil­lion each year on dis­posal fees, money WA re­gional man­ager Sean Burgess said could be bet­ter spent pro­vid­ing meals and sup­port­ing peo­ple af­fected by do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, al­co­hol, drugs and gam­bling.

“We of­ten have items which are com­pletely un­saleable left at our stores af­ter hours, the big­gest is­sues be­ing ewaste and mat­tresses,” he said.

“We are re­quired to pay to dis­pose of these goods and it di­verts con­sid­er­able fund­ing from the com­mu­nity pro- grams of which we as­sist.”

With spring on the hori­zon, Mr Dee called on peo­ple to “op till you drop” dur­ing Na­tional Op Shop Week from Au­gust 23 to 30.

“We need peo­ple to do­nate good qual­ity cloth­ing and other goods to their lo­cal char­ity op shops and we need peo­ple to pur­chase them so that money can be raised to fund vi­tal ser­vices,” he said.

The rule of thumb is to do­nate only things you would be happy to give to a friend.

“Call ahead if you are un­sure,” he said.

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