Seachanges Opportunity Shop in Tuncurry has almost gained institution-type status.
While the exact date of its establishment is a bit blurred, it certainly has been a well know and important part of Manning Street for the good part of two decades.
What is know, Seachanges was part of Redshaw Cottage, established to assist members of the community with a disability.
The charity shop broke away more than 20 years ago to become the Great Lakes Disabled Alliance Inc, trading as Seachanges Opportunity Shop.
"Before the establishment of the Federal government NDIS scheme, money from sales of second hand goods supported the local disabled children in a lot of ways," committee secretary, Jean Bowles said.
"Financial, special needs and equipment, special activities and, on occasion support for the local disabled kids attending special sporting events."
Nowadays, and each month the charity supports the special activities for disabled kids held at Forster Ten Pin Bowling and the Great Lakes Aquatic Centre, Forster, while annually $1000 is donated to local community services.
We are a not for profit organisation and do not receive any government funding.Jean Bowles
During the drought $10,000 was donated to Buy A Bale, while $2000 was given to Rural Aid Drought Relief for transporting water to drought stricken towns.
Trading from 88 Manning Street, Tuncurry the not-for-profit charity shop sells second-hand goods such as furniture, clothing, shoes, books, kitchen appliances, jewellery, bric a brac.
"We are a not for profit organisation and do not receive any government funding."
Speaking on behalf of the volunteer committee, Mrs Bowles extended grateful thanks to the community for donating their household and personal items.
"Without their support we could not continue to give back to so many worthwhile organisations.
"And without our volunteers, we wouldn't be where we are today."
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