The St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn is preparing for an increase in donations that usually occurs after Christmas as households start to clear out items and get ready for the New Year.

“Each year after Christmas, Vinnies is the grateful recipient of an overwhelming amount of donations that helps stock the shops throughout the year,” explains Paul Quinn, Vinnies Shops Area Manager ACT.

“As people make space in their spare rooms and garages, they also make space in their heart and donate much needed items to support our good works.

“We often get calls from people who are unsure about what we are able to accept. The general principal is that items need to be COMPLETE, CLEAN and WORKING. If unsure of what is acceptable, simply call any of our centres and they will happily advise what we can and can’t take.

“What we need most is good quality household furniture and homewares, men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, Manchester, children’s toys, and board games.”

Vinnies has also developed a fact sheet on how to be an ace op shop donor which outlines items that the Vinnies shops are happy to receive while also highlighting what can’t be taken.

“Unfortunately, due to some laws and restrictions there are some items we can’t accept like baby car seats, prams and cots, mattresses and electrical items,” Mr Quinn said.

Vinnies is hoping the fact sheet will assist donors understand what can and can’t be accepted, reducing the amount of items that have to be sent to landfill. Unfortunately, during this period people leave donations outside the shops and they are at the risk of the elements.

“When donations are left outside they get weather damaged or attacked by bugs and animals. Vinnies is then responsible for their disposal which diverts resources away from people in need.”

Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn are asking people not to leave donations outside the shops, rather come back during opening hours when volunteers are able to take the donations inside.

People donate with the best intentions and the best way that their donation makes a difference is to drop off your donations when our shops are open, so we can take them inside straight away,” Mr Quinn said.

Shops Locations and Opening Hours:
To find out where your local Vinnies is and check their opening hours visit .
In Canberra, our shops are all open every Saturday.
Tuggeranong, Gungahlin, Kippax and Weston Creek shops are open 7 days of the week.
This year, Tuggeranong is also open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


28 December 2018