A CHARITY recently launched in WA is calling for donations from the public as we head towards Christmas.
GIVIT is a website that helps charities source items from the general public on behalf of those who need them most – at no cost.
According to GIVIT, the website is like a “free, charitable Gumtree”.
“We’re very much the charity for charities and realise that so many people out there have great, quality items they’d like to see go to a good home but aren’t sure which charities need them,” GIVIT’s WA state manager Anna Presser said.
“Likewise, the charities and organisations themselves don’t always have the resources to manage donations.
“This is where GIVIT comes in.”
GIVIT’s website acts as a virtual warehouse which charities can browse for donated items and also request specific items the public can then donate.
On December 1, GIVIT is launching its ‘1`2 Days of Giving’ campaign.
Ms Presser said she hopes the campaign can help the group clear all outstanding requests from charities.
“We have 106 WA charities and not for profits registered on our database and nearly 900 items needed, so we’re urging the WA public to help us and donate any good quality, unwanted items they may have,” she said.
The charities supported by GIVIT in WA range from domestic violence and homeless charities, which request items such as prepaid mobile phones for their clients, to mental health bodies requesting arts and craft supplies.
“The requested items are often small, simple things that we take for granted but can make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable people,” Ms Presser said.
“Christmas is a tough time for so many WA families, as well as a time when people often think of those in need too.
“We want to clear the list of needed items by December 12 so our registered charities in WA, and the people they work so hard to help, have what they need in time for Christmas.”
To browse the list of charity requests or to register a charity and start requesting items, visit givit.org.au.