The second Rotary Stanford Swop Shop to be held at the municipal offices behind the Stanford Community Hall drew a great crowd of locals who brought bags and bundles of recycling by homemade wheel-less carts, baby’s prams, wheelbarrows …
The swop shop was almost ‘cleaned out’ with the numbers of children and adults redeeming their tickets for the recycling they collected to receive items from the swop shop in return. The shop is now in desperate need of more items, particularly boys’ and girls’ clothing and stationery.
At the first session two weeks’ ago the ‘takings’ – counted in the number of small plastic shopping bag size units mounted to 350. At the second session the ‘takings’ were more in the region of 1000 units.
Elma Hunter, convener of the Rotary Stanford Swop Shop has also made an appeal for a big donation of yoyos and marbles, skipping ropes and other pieces of equipment to get the children playing games, especially in the upcoming holidays.
Tracksuits donated by SACS in Cape Town were a big hit. Here a little boy happily clutches his new apparel with pride.
Elma reports that some of the children looked badly dressed and malnourished. “I shall be aware of them especially and start to collect names for extra assistance in the future. We can achieve a lot with the barter system and I can call on these youngsters to help out with the storage site so that they earn a few more tickets,” she says.
If you would like to help re-stock the swop shop please contact Elma: mailto://firstname.lastname@example.org