Tough times test

RSPCA warehouse assistants Rita Wojciechowski and Vicky Adamini need help during these tough times. Picture: Elle Borgward d407555
RSPCA warehouse assistants Rita Wojciechowski and Vicky Adamini need help during these tough times. Picture: Elle Borgward d407555

Palmyra store manager of 30 years, Joy Ball, said donations had dropped off this year, leaving the bays empty.

‘It has been worse than previous years. Normally by now we have donations trickling in,’ Mrs Ball said.

‘I blame the economy. Things are tight and people are holding on to their things for longer, deciding not to spend money on upgrading clothing and furniture.’

But Mrs Ball was adamant the shops did not want people’s ‘junk’.

‘We can’t accept electrical items or things needing repairs. Clothes need to be in reasonable condition.’ She also said volunteers were thin on the ground with a lack of helping hands forcing the Bibra Lake store on the corner of Port Kembla Drive and Port Pirie Street to regularly stay closed, particularly on Saturdays.

Both stores are in desperate need of quality second hand goods such as clothing, furniture, jewellery, CDs, DVDs, books, toys or other goods.

‘RSPCA stores play a vital part in raising badly needed funds in helping keep RSPCA Inspectors on the road in the fight against animal cruelty,’ RSPCA chief executive David van Ooran said.

‘In the last financial year, RSPCA WA took more than 20,000 calls regarding incidents of animal cruelty and neglect and we provided more than 103,000 days of animal care at our Malaga shelter.’

Call the Palmyra store on 9319 1985 for bulky items needing collection.