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Re-gift for good this summer

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Christmas may be a distant memory by now, but the gifts remain. 

Perhaps they’re currently being put to good use in the pool or were vouchers you spent in the sales on Boxing Day. However, for those lucky enough to receive a plethora of presents on Christmas, there may be a few that stand out for the wrong reasons.

Whether they’re the wrong size, the wrong taste or just plain wrong for you, every year there are likely to be a few duds under the tree. While it might be tempting to let them languish in the back of a cupboard, your unwanted gifts can be put to better use this summer.

This year, Cooleman Court will be collecting and donating unwanted gifts to Communities@Work until 15 January through Mirvac Retail’s national initiative, Re-gift for good.

Re-gift for good is Cooleman Court’s post-Christmas drive, inviting shoppers to swap unwanted and unused gifts in exchange for a chance to win a $500 Cooleman Court gift voucher. Communities@Work will then distribute the gifts across the community to those who need them the most.

“Everyone’s received presents that end up never used and stored away collecting dust. Through Re-gift for good, we can do something really special for the disadvantaged in our community through Communities@Work,” explains Centre Manager, Irini Daglas said.

“To encourage our shoppers to bring in unwanted gifts, we’re offering a swap! Bring in your unwanted gifts and we’ll give the opportunity to win a $500 Cooleman Court gift voucher – it’s a win win.” Shoppers can swap their unwanted gifts at Centre Management between 9am-5pm Monday – Friday until 15 January.

Another organisation turning presents into goodwill is GIVIT, an organisation we’ve previously profiled for their unique way of connecting unwanted objects for those in need.

Aside from acting as a not-for-profit charity version of Gumtree (allowing for people to advertise their need for specific objects) GIVIT is asking Australians to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to those who need them.

GIVIT Founder and CEO Juliette Wright said GIVIT’S campaign was the perfect way for all Australians to “re-gift’’  those unsuitable presents. “Turn them into a gift that counts this Boxing Day and donate them through givit.org.au.”

“Whether your children received far too many toys, or you received yet another toaster or a set of towels in the wrong colour for your bathroom, these can all be the gifts that keep on giving for someone in need and for someone you will never meet.”

“Three million Australians live in poverty and 731,000 of them are children who, sadly, did not receive the basics of what every child deserves at Christmas.”

If you have something to give, go to GIVIT and match your unwanted Christmas gift with someone else’s needs. Giving via GIVIT is free with no fees or charges. You will receive a lot of satisfaction from knowing that the Christmas gift you didn’t want will keep on giving to help make life easier for someone in genuine need. So come on, you now have permission to ‘’re-gift”.

To donate your unwanted gifts:

1. Choose an item request that touches your heart from GIVIT’s “items needed list
2. See if your item is needed in your local area, or “Click here to GIVIT” and offer your donation
3. Once a match is made, the contact details between you and the charity are exchanged automatically
4. Organise delivery with the charity and make a big difference to someone in need!

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