Thrift shop needs more manpower
ONE Ipswich charity store is struggling to operate because of a shortage of volunteers.
The McIntyre Thrift Store in Goodna currently only has three volunteers to help with the running of the shop, meaning each person is putting in many extra hours.
Volunteer Margaret Krause, who oversees the day to day running of the store, said the lack of extra help was hitting those who do give up their own time to help.
"I like to have two people in the store at the same time so more work can be done," she said.
"It also means you can have someone to talk to. Quite often I have been in the store on my own, and it does get quite lonely and boring.
"But we do have good chats with the regular customers who come in because you do get to know them."
Ms Krause is hoping to get at least 10 extra people who could help.
"The shifts are four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon, so even if you wanted to help for half a day, that will greatly help us out," she said.
"The volunteers help sort through the donations, price items and tidy up the store."
The store is a much loved part of the Goodna community, with many residents either dropping off donations or coming in to the store to purchase items.
All proceeds from the store go towards the McIntyre Centre - Pony Riding for the Disabled Association.
The program was established in 1964 and provides equestrian based programs for people with a disability for the purpose of education, recreation, sport and therapy.
If you would like to help, visit the store or phone Margaret on 0428 881 702.