Bathurst's cold winter leaves charity stores asking for help

SUB-ZERO temperatures have put a strain on Bathurst’s second-hand shops with retailers calling out for more donations.

With the mercury falling below zero most nights, sales of winter clothes and bedding has skyrocketed.

The Salvation Army’s David Mills said the store urgently needs men’s, women’s and children’s winter clothing, along with doonas, blankets, quilts and sheets.

“It needs to be in reasonable quality and not damaged,” he said.

“If you wouldn’t wear it, nor would someone else.”

Mr Mills said a range of people seek winter items at the city’s second hand shops including those on a budget and also visitors to the city.

“People get caught out, especially visitors to the city,” he said. “There are also people in need who use the op shops in Bathurst for an economical way to shop.”

If you wouldn’t wear it, nor would someone else. - The Salvation Army volunteer David Mills

A St Vincent De Paul volunteer said they too are running short on winter items.

“We need blankets and doonas and we’re short on men’s clothing and jumpers,” she said.

Hope Bathurst operations manger Elliot Redwin said they are also experiencing a shortfall in donations of winter clothes.

He said the Russell Street store also requires donations of furniture and white goods to meet current customers requests.

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