Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging local residents to declutter their wardrobes and take any unwanted items to their local op shop ahead of National Op Shop Week.
National Op Shop Week is to take place from August 21-27.
Mr Northe said the event now in its fifth year, is asking people to donate good quality clothing and items to their local charity op shop.
“National Op Shop Week is an opportunity to promote the great work charity op shops do in our community,” Mr Northe said.
“The income derived from charity op shops and charity collection bins help fund community programs.”
Mr Northe said the start of spring is just around the corner and is the most popular time of year for people to declutter clothing and household items.
“By making a donation you can help op shops from running short of good quality stock and allow charities to make a real difference in our community,” Mr Northe said.
Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Gippsland, Claire Davis said op shops are often a crucial way that charities raise money to support the vital community services they run.
“Lifeline Gippsland only receives 12 percent state government funding so through our seven shops we generate much needed funds to maintain the 13 11 14 Crisis Line and provide other local suicide prevention services,” Ms Davis said. “National Op Shop Week is a great opportunity to remind people to clear out their wardrobes and donate unwanted items to local charities. “This also supports usable items finding a second home and being diverted away from landfill.”
National Op Shop Week is an initiative of the Do Something charity.
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List of Op Shops in the Morwell electorate:
Traralgon Salvos 93A Argyle Street, Traralgon
Seek and You Will Find 43 Franklin Street, Traralgon
Traralgon Lifeline 60 Franklin Street, Traralgon
Traralgon Red Cross 71 Franklin Street, Traralgon
Vinnies 70 Argyle Street, Traralgon
Now Church Op Shop 80 Henry Street, Traralgon
Cooinda Hill 15 Seymour Street, Traralgon
Lifeline 2-8 Fleming Street, Morwell
Vinnies 15 Tarwin Street, Morwell
Morwell Salvos 160 Commercial Road, Morwell
Fossick and Find 72 George Street, Morwell
The Pod/ Cooinda Hill 43 Buckley Street,Morwell St Lukes Uniting Church Princes Drive, Morwell
Churchill Lifeline Shop 11a, Hazelwood Village, Churchill
The Anglican Op Shop 46 Rutherglen Road, Newborough One in Five Newborough 44 Monash Road, Newborough UCA Yallourn Parish thrift shop 42-44 Rutherglen Road, Newborough
Yallourn North Yallourn North Op Shop Reserve Street, Yallourn North