Dargaville’s Hospice Shop may have had to change their donations reception policy, but the big hearts of locals are evident in this storeroom full of second-hand goods

Helping out our hospice helpers

by Andy Bryenton

The Hospice Kaipara Shop is no longer able to have donated items dropped off at the back of the shop outside of trading hours after changes were required to stop illegal dumping of rubbish in the donations area, and incidences of individuals stealing from donated goods.

The management of the local charity store, which exists to support people and their families dealing with life-limiting and terminal illnesses, say they are most grateful for the donations that have swelled their stores of second-hand items and keep them going. However, abuse of the system had led to the need for change. Goods will still be received with thanks during open hours, which are 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to midday on Saturday.

“Irresponsible dumping and theft have become quite an expense for the Hospice Shop, who must have this rubbish dealt with. This area is under security camera surveillance, and sensor lights have been installed,” said the store’s management.

However, the other side of this story is the generosity of those who have donated saleable goods, to the extent that new volunteers to sort, price and manage the inventory would be welcomed enthusiastically. Among the neat rows of boxes filled with clean second-hand clothing are bags for another good cause; set to fly out to support humanitarian aid programmes in the Pacific Islands.