The closure of many charity stores due to COVID-19 has seen people relying more on donation bins to leave their well-intentioned offerings.
As a result, the bins are overflowing and, unfortunately, this means many of the goods are becoming damaged and unusable.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Chief Executive Jack de Groot told Newcastle Weekly, while donations are always warmly welcomed, people need to be aware of the best ways to give.
“We have continued servicing our charity donation bins while our shops have been closed due to coronavirus, and now Vinnies Shops are gradually beginning to reopen with these generously donated items on the shelves,” he said.
So far, stores at Morisset, Muswellbrook and Kurri have re-opened across the Hunter.
Mr de Groot said never to leave donations on the footpath, as they may turn to rubbish.
“Please only donate into the charity bin or over-the-counter instore, and if the bin is full, please hold onto your items and come back at another time,” he said.
“This way, you can ensure that your donations end up in a loving new home, rather than going to waste.”
With many people choosing to clean out their wardrobes while in isolation, Mr de Groot said we need to be reminded of what constitutes a quality donation.
“When choosing what to donate to Vinnies and what to throw away or recycle, our advice is ‘if you’d give it to a mate, it’s OK to donate,” he said.
“Please don’t donate anything dirty, damaged or dangerous, as these may have to be thrown out instead of resold.”