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Spring cleaning with a purpose


As flowers bloom and temperatures soar, one thing is certain: spring has well and truly sprung in the Hunter and, with it, comes the annual spring clean.

As we continue to battle a global pandemic and the resulting recession, the Australian Red Cross encourages locals to declutter mindfully.

The Red Cross takes pride in keeping vulnerable Australians safe, a service that is partially funded by sales from their second-hand retail shops.

More than ever, it is important to continue showing our support for one another, as our local community has always done in times of hardship.

Donating your pre-loved clothing and household items can make a world of difference during this trying time, says Red Cross’s Head of Retail Richard Wood.

“Many in the community are at a crossroads, potentially looking for work,” he says.

“Making a donation to your local Red Cross Shop takes on a new significance, and is a feel-good thing anyone can do.”

The Red Cross team are encouraging locals to dig deep during this spring clean, and give a new life to forgotten clothes.

“If you have good quality clothing you no longer wear, consider decluttering and giving your pre-loved shoes, clothing, and homewares to our op shop network,” Richard suggests.

“You can feel good knowing you will also be raising vital funds for our services, helping people overcome tough times.”

As pre-loved wares continue to rise in popularity as a response to fast fashion, Richard hopes for an increase in donations to meet demand.

“We absolutely need those spring and summer items, so we can continue being a shopping destination for the thrift seekers and the eco-conscious among us, as well as providing essential clothing for those most in need,” he said.

Newcastle has two Red Cross Shops, where interested locals can both donate and browse the collections. Head to Beaumont Street in Hamilton, or The Junction’s Union Street, to drop off your pre-loved items.

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