AN organisation likened to a ‘charitable Gumtree’ is helping charities in the western suburbs secure essential items for their clients.
GIVIT launched in Western Australia just under a year ago, with the idea of matching donations with vulnerable people who need them most.
The national not-for-profit organisation already has more than 120 charities in the state signed up to its services, including Cottesloe-based Breast Cancer Care WA (BCCWA).
GIVIT state manager Anna Presser said more residents were encouraged to donate pre-loved items or sign up to the service to see what was needed in their local area.
“On a weekly basis we will have new requests coming in from local charities; anything from small items such as a toaster or a kettle, to larger household items like a couch or fridge,” Ms Presser said.
“If you have any good quality used items lying around your home that you no longer need or use, you simply take a photo and upload a description to givit.org.au.
“Then, our charities can browse these donations and find exactly what they need.”
BCCWA registered with GIVIT last year, trying it out for the first time to seek a fridge for one of its clients.
Within weeks, the fridge was donated and delivered.
Client liaison officer Natalie Lewis said GIVIT was a real benefit to the charity.
“GIVIT is so easy to use and such a great tool for us,” she said.
“We currently have some requests in for a client who has breast cancer and is currently sleeping on the floor, so we have requested a futon bed, chest of drawers, computer table and wardrobe.
“She is in financial trouble and just doesn’t have even the basic things she needs to live.
“These are things we take for granted, even when we are well.
“It is hard to imagine what someone living with cancer goes through when they don’t even have basic furniture like a bed to sleep on.”