03
December
2018
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23:00
Australia/Melbourne

Give what you can, take what you need

The message behind the Swap Box at council's three community centres is simple - give what you can, take what you need.

Lee Beaumont, a volunteer at Felltimber Community Centre, spearheaded the project about three years ago after noticing a high level of need in the community for second hand clothing.

"Some people have a family of six or seven and so even going to an Op-shop adds up," she said.

"The Swap Box is a way to reach out to the community and show we are there to help and support one another.

"The idea is that people take what they need, they don't have to leave a donation in its place.

"We thank those who have donated and would like to spread the message that these items are there for people to take."

Mrs Beaumont tops up the coat hangers at Felltimber on a Friday and accepts clothes, shoes, towels and bedding - no toys.

A smaller Swap Box also exists at Baranduda and Belgrade community centres.

The majority of donations tend to be clothing up to the age of five, but Mrs Beaumont encourages items for newborns through to teenagers, men and women, as well as maternity wear.