Iím fortunate to work for an organisation that provides evidence every day of the generosity of the human spirit. We are a not-for-profit community hub relying on donations and intermittent grant funding in order to operate.
Gawler Community House Op Shop - by Colmo
We have a thrift shop and every day we receive goods brought to us by people who know what we do and want to help. While there will always be an element of the selfish - those who drop off dirty, broken or unsafe goods rather than pay to dispose of them properly - the majority of people do their best to give us lovely things that they no longer need.
Thrift Shop Volunteer, Nellis - by Colmo
These goods are then sorted and priced by volunteers for sale in our shop. The money from sales goes towards the services we provide, such as adult education, counselling, group activities and social events for the community.
Not only do I see this community generosity every day but our volunteers are one of the most caring and dedicated teams I've ever had the privilege to work with. They give their time freely and without expectation of reward.
Participants enjoy a community lunch - by Colmo
But itís at Christmas time that this community spirit is at its strongest. We work closely with a local charity to provide food hampers to the needy and to host a free Christmas day lunch to those who would otherwise spend the day alone. In the last few weeks we have been inundated with boxes of food, toys, gifts and cash in order to help us in this endeavour.
The outpouring of support for what we do is heart-warming and reassuring in a world full of so much bad news. If you need inspiration in your life, look no further than your local community. Involving yourself in a worthy cause is the best Christmas gift you can give yourself.
Volunteers at the Gawler Community House - by Colmo
This is a lovely article about a great and friendly place! I've bought some wonderful clothes from this shop, and I love the fact that my money paid is going to help people living a harder life than I am.