The team at Methven Red Cross have finally re-opened their original shop on Forest Drive for business after four years of temporary housing around the town. Earthquake damage forced the shop to close in 2013 but with a lot of pushing from the crew, EQC finally came to the party and the old building is now fitter than ever.
Moving house is said to be one of the more stressful activities in life, moving a Red Cross outlet 3 times in 4 years therefore can’t have been an easy task. The 12-strong volunteer crew have worked continuously to keep this store running for the community; a testament to their dedication to the service. After setting up shop in the hub, beside Thai Chilli Restaurant, it was clear that the bulging store had a huge amount of stock and when a larger space became free on the Main Street they made their second move. “We get so much great “stuff”donated on a monthly basis it is key to have it well sorted and stored properly, said President Kathy Ross, “it sure is a relief to be back in our original home now.”
The rebuild, which was carried out by Smith and Sons Ashburton, has allowed more space in the showroom for goods. A fresh paint job,new shelving and a brand new counter have lightened up the room along with installed heating providing a welcoming atmosphere for patrons. This enables the back room to be used for sorting and storage. As well as the container for larger items will be available in the near future. There are now two areas to drop off donations now in the side porch and larger items in the little green shed at the side of the building.
The team at Methven Red Cross would like to thank the wider community for all their patience and support over the years. They are always welcoming volunteers, even if it’s for just a few hours a week and they especially appreciate all the goods which are donated and recycled through the community.
Kathy explained how the funding from the shop is channelled for projects.
“Red Cross now allows each branch to tag their revenue for selected funding opportunities. Before, we just passed on our earnings and NZ Red Cross managed the rest. Now, we can choose where our dollars go, whether it be Disaster Recovery or Refugee Support. This change has made the service even more rewarding for those who are involved, it’s great!”
The store is open 1 – 4 Monday – Friday and open Saturdays 12 – 3 starting June for Ski Season.