Op shop gets in fes­tive spirit

The Chronicle - - News - SEAN WHITE [email protected]­i­cle.com.au

ESETA Au­paau and the team at the Drug ARM Red Edge op shop have jumped into the Christ­mas spirit early.

Miss Au­paau handed over a do­na­tion of wrapped presents to Base Ser­vices yes­ter­day.

Base Ser­vices so­cial worker Tiff Spary said she was grate­ful for its fes­tive do­na­tion.

“These presents will be handed out to the clients at the shel­ter around Christ­mas time,” Mrs Spary said.

Miss Au­paau said the gifts that were do­nated in­cluded cloth­ing and toys.

“I was in­spired by my child­hood to or­gan­ise this do­na­tion,” she said.

“My par­ents al­ways gave dona­tions to the home­less dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son when I was a child.

“It feels great to be able to help the com­mu­nity and those in need.”

Mrs Spary said Christ­mas could be a par­tic­u­larly hard time for the home­less.

“This time of year can in­ten­sify feel­ings of iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness be­cause a lot of ser­vices are closed,” she said.

Base Ser­vices is a Toowoomba-based, not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides aid to peo­ple who are at risk or are suf­fer­ing through home­less­ness.

Mrs Spary said the con­tri­bu­tion from the op shop helped the ser­vice pro­vide a lit­tle bit of hope to its clients.

“It is ini­tia­tives and part­ner­ships like this which al­lows us to con­tinue our mis­sion,” she said.

Any­one at risk of home­less­ness can con­tact the Base Ser­vices on 4638 2399.

Photo: Nev Madsen

GOOD WILL: At the present do­na­tion at the Drug ARM Red Edge Op Shop are (from left) Pat De Voss, Eseta Au­paau, Nat and Tiff Spary.

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