TIME TO SPRING CLEAN: Donate your good quality spring and summer wear to Red Cross Shops.
TIME TO SPRING CLEAN: Donate your good quality spring and summer wear to Red Cross Shops.

Charity shops need summer clothes urgently

AS TEMPERATURES rise, Red Cross shops are urgently calling for donations that will better suit Queensland's intense summer season.

Graeme English, Queensland's retail area manager for Red Cross, hopes that people will continue being so generous.

"We're very grateful that Australians are so generous with their donations to Red Cross shops, however being a country with very distinct seasons we're now calling for pre-loved Spring and Summer clothes to suit the upcoming season," he said.

Mr English also pointed out the specific need for these clothes donations in the South Burnett.

"Unfortunately, we have stores in the South Burnett region that simply don't get enough local donations, that's why we're calling on locals to spring clean their wardrobe for a good cause," he said.

These stores are needing good quality donations above all.

"Once the weather starts warming up, we stop putting winter clothing out and start filling stores with lightweight clothing," Mr English said.

"Because we can only accept clothing and accessories that are in good condition, our focus is to encourage quality donations, so we are always appreciative of support."

As there is less demand for winter-wear, remaining stock will be stored away or relocated.

"Our stores make every effort to sell through all end of season stock, however we do receive Winter donations in the warmer months and sometimes we need to store these until the weather is more appropriate," Mr English said.

"Red Cross has a national network of over 165 stores, across all Australian states and territories, so we have the ability to distribute winter woollies to locations that aren't as warm as Queensland."