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GINTA – Social conscience should be on this year’s Christmas wish list

EXACTLY FOUR DAYS ago my family and I moved from one area of Kamloops to another. Before packing up the house we selected the items we no longer use but are still in good condition and we took them to a couple of our thrift stores of choice (run by volunteers and raising money for worthy causes.)

gintahed-nkUpon unpacking in the new place, we sorted some more and more things went to the thrift stores. We’re not crazy shoppers in any way, but when kids grow up and life happens, so does occasional surplus. The simplest thing for us and least time consuming would be to throw it all away, but how much garbage (a lot of which is not really garbage) can our landfills hold? The answer is a sobering one: a lot less than we send there.

The big stores are already playing the happy holiday tunes. Smiling Santas and bouncy reindeer plus all that winter wonderland décor make us go ‘what the heck’ and we add one more item to the basket. Not all bad if we give the extra away to someone who needs it. After all, ‘tis the season to make sure that all of us have what we need, from food to clothing and shoes to household stuff.

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2 Comments on GINTA – Social conscience should be on this year’s Christmas wish list

  1. I thought we already had a spot near the landfill where the “too good to dump” stuff is housed for shoppers and what about restore for used building supplies?

    • Mel Rothenburger // November 22, 2016 at 7:55 AM // Reply

      There used to be a drop and shop but the City closed it years ago due to liability and maintenance concerns. The Restore is still a great place to find used buildings supplies and other items, and there are several excellent sources for used materials of all kinds.

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