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Much loved charity store to close doors

Jenny O'Neil at Wombat Clothing Store Logan Central which will be closing it's doors this month. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
Jenny O'Neil at Wombat Clothing Store Logan Central which will be closing it's doors this month. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

AFTER more than two decades of helping needy families purchase clothing at low prices, a Logan charity store is being forced to close its doors due to a lack of volunteers.

Based in Logan Central, the Wombat clothing store will shut up shop this Friday after weeks of struggling to find residents to help operate the business.

Describing the store as a lifeline for so many in the community, Wombat volunteer Jenny O'Neil said the decision to close was a painful one.

"We thought this decision through for a while, so it wasn't one we took lightly," Mrs O'Neil said.

"But when you don't have the help, it makes it very hard to operate a shop.

"The current volunteers we have do an amazing job, but we just needed more people like them."

Wombat, which is run under the Christian group Fusion Australia, has helped provide clothing to the Logan community for the past 23 years.

The store originally opened in Logan Central in 1989 before moving to Beenleigh where it operated until 2006.

It then returned back to Croydon Rd at Logan Central where it operates from now.

Mrs O'Neil said customers were able to purchase good quality clothing for the whole family at affordable prices.

"All of the clothes we sold down here were donated to us," she said.

"We even had a lot of good designer brand shoes and other items for sale.

"We were cheaper than many other charity stores."

But as the volunteers begin packing up the store, Mrs O'Neil said it was going to be really hard to say goodbye to all of their loyal customers.

"We know people will miss us because we have helped them for so long," she said.

"A lot of our regulars have already came in and told us that.

"We are sad to close up because we realise this could hurt some families.

"But we do want to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers and customers for supporting us over the years."

Mrs O'Neil said although the store was shutting down, the services Fusion Australia currently operates would still run within the Logan community.

"Fusion also offers a wide number of services such as mentoring programs and community service days to help those in need, which we will continue to operate," she said.

The Wombat clothing store, which is located at Shop 8, Croydon Rd, Logan Central, will cease trade this Friday, December 14, with all stock going out the door at half price.

For more information about the sale, or any of Fusion Australia's support groups and community services, phone Jenny O'Neil on 0412 596 086.



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