Given the highly transmissible nature of COVID, it is understandable there may be some confusion as to whether or not clothes are welcome for donation, and concerns about contracting the virus from donated clothing in op shops.
Throughout the pandemic to date, Anglicare Sydney has accepted clothing donations (as well as funds and food) and will continue to do so.
Clothing bin network overflows
In a time of rising unemployment and insecurity about food and basic amenities, Anglicare’s services have never been more in demand. While COVID has led to massive challenges across Australia, it has also prompted great generosity to support the organisation’s work.
Anglicare Sydney has accepted donations throughout the pandemic
Ian Moore, Anglicare’s head of retail and manager of the organisation’s op shop network, recalls what happened during the initial lockdown in March.
“Clothing donations were the highest we’ve ever seen – at least 35 tonnes a week through our clothing bin network,” he says.
Even though NSW op shops were closed until June, Anglicare has managed the influx of donations by stockpiling them in their Villawood centre. Here they are quarantined in accordance with the recommendations of Safe Work Australia, before becoming available for sale to the public.
Still a time of great need
While the donations have been plentiful, the demand is just as great. Mr Moore encourages people who are able to donate food, clothing and/or funds to do so. “It is extremely busy at the moment,” he says. “Our customer levels are at the highest I’ve ever seen.”
He asks people to “keep donating good quality donations – it helps us serve people in need”.
The organisation’s head of fundraising, Ed Hercus, recognises that the COVID-led recession has had an impact on a number of donors. Yet, he says, “More than ever, our services need to expand. We want to encourage people to dig deep and the faithful to step up”.
“Keep donating good quality donations"
If you’re able to help, contact Anglicare on 1300 111 278 or visit the Anglicare website.
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