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Charity bins popular

Friday, 3rd January, 2020

An overflowing St Vinnies donation bin. PICTURE: Supplied An overflowing St Vinnies donation bin. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily Ferguson

St Vincent de Paul Society Broken Hill has received many generous donations over the holiday period, so much so that the donation bins have been overflowing. 

Locals expressed interest on New Year’s Day about the overflowing bins. Locals were clearly feeling generous and the need to donate to those less fortunate. 

Broken Hill St Vinnie’s Retail Team Leader Phil Sky said that the donation bins were emptied every day, but due to New Year’s Day being a public holiday, they feel it’s only right to give the volunteers a day off, too. 

“My wife and I went down there yesterday afternoon and emptied the bins,” said Phil.

“The shop might be shut but the bins are emptied every day and people check on the shop daily.

“We could empty the bin and people have filled it not long after we leave but they are emptied daily, and we can’t just sit around there all day to ensure the bin doesn’t overflow because we’re all volunteers and we deserve a break, too.

“We are very grateful for any donations that are good, clean and well bagged.”

Phil wished to reiterate that donations to St Vinnies are for those in need so they need to be suitable to be repurposed or reused, therefore anything ripped or dirty, or simply unable to be worn again should be put in a rubbish bin rather than the donation bins. 

The St Vinnie’s store will reopen on Monday, January 20, after a well-deserved holiday period for their volunteers.

All donations are still able to be donated via the charity bins, and the generosity of those donating does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. 

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