Your Christmas trash is someone else’s op shop treasure
Phew, Christmas is finally over. And while it was a lot of fun, maybe there were a few presents that didn’t quite hit the mark for you.
Instead of throwing your presents away and adding to landfill, consider donating them to a Save the Children Op Shop. We can take your unwanted Christmas gifts to sell in our shops, which fund our life-saving programs for kids in need.
If you received clothes, books, ornaments, furniture or homewares that you don’t want - you can be sure that someone out there does! You might even encourage your kids to donate any toys they don’t often play with - there are children out there who would delight in them.
All items donated to Save the Children are used – when they’re not suitable for selling, they can be repurposed or recycled. Our partnership with UPPAREL re-uses as many materials as possible to make new things like socks, handbags, blankets, even basketball courts and playground equipment!
How to donate safely during COVID-19
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re taking extra precautions in store. Our volunteers will be storing all donations for 48 hours before putting them out, making sure capacity limits are enforced in stores, and sanitizing surfaces regularly.
Before you use any purchased items you may wish to also:
- Wash any clothing, manchester and soft furnishings
- Clean children's toys with disinfectant solution
- Wipe down shoes, accessories, handbags, books and homewares with disinfectant solution
- Clean/wipe down furniture with disinfectant solution
- Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water after handling second-hand goods
Generous, guilt-free regifting
As well as making the day of another shopper, your generous gift means we can continue our work to support vulnerable children through important programs that keep kids healthy, educated and safe in Australia and around the world.
Money raised from sales at Save the Children Op Shops goes directly to fund things like nutrition screening and immunisation programs, education programs that keep kids in school and making sure we’re ready to support and protect children when the next deadly cyclone or bushfire hits.
Your donation could support a child like Nusair, a three-year-old Yemeni boy who was suffering from malnutrition. Thanks to generous donations and funding from the op shops, his mother Suad was supported to feed him and bring him back from the brink of death.
Where can you donate?
Save the Children Op Shops are located in convenient locations across the country and are staffed by friendly volunteers.
You can donate your goods during the opening hours of any op shop. Simply hand over to a staff member or pop them in the donation bin near the front of the store.
With the new year, it’s time for a new start. If you are looking for ways to start the year right and support children, why not start by decluttering what you don’t want and help give vulnerable children what they so desperately need?