Donate, don’t dump, says Habitat for Humanity

Dec 19, 2022

Habitat for Humanity Central Region is reminding people ahead of the holiday season that dumping goods outside shop doors isn’t donating.

During the Christmas period and weekends, Habitat often receives an influx of goods left outside their ReStore charity shops. Dumped goods cannot be sold and Habitat, a not-for-profit organisation, incurs the costs of disposing them.

“While we appreciate people considering Habitat for their donations of pre-loved goods, we encourage you to check the opening hours of your local ReStore and drop off your donations when our teams are available to assist you,” Nic Greene, Habitat for Humanity Central Region Chief Executive, said.

“Many of our stores are closed for extended periods over the holidays so our staff can get a well-deserved break. Goods left outside are exposed to the elements, and are left unsaleable due to damage. More often than not, they are also rummaged, strewn about, and disrespected by people during the night. Habitat people are then burdened with the yuck job of cleaning up and costs of dumping them.

“Your donations support Habitat through providing vital funds towards our local housing programmes and initiatives. We welcome and greatly appreciate donations during opening hours.”

Habitat’s Taupo Reuse store will be open throughout the Christmas and new year period (closed Christmas day), while the Lincoln Street Reuse store in Hamilton will be open 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on 28-30 December and normal trading hours from 2 January 2023.

The Gisborne, Glenview, Hastings, Rotorua, Te Awamutu, and Te Rapa ReStores will be closed from 24 December, opening again on 9 January 2023.

Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Shopping, donating, or volunteering at your local ReStore supports Habitat on a mission to build homes, communities, and hope.