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Christmas can be an expensive operation, with gifts to buy, food bills and, for some, the cost of travel. Why not take it easy on the budget this year and grab a few gifts from your local op shop?

Not only will you end up with more dosh in your pocket, you’ll be providing much-needed funds to enable community charities and churches to continue their vital programs and services. Darwin Memorial Opportunity Centre Manager Ros Macklin says op shopping is a win for all.

“People can get good quality and unusual items at a much lower price, and there’s so much on offer with clothing, gift wares, books, toys – even Christmas decorations,” she said.

“The proceeds from our shop go towards various charities including Somerville, Doctors Without Borders and Camp Quality. We donate goods to various spots around the Top End including remote Aboriginal communities and our international neighbours, like Indonesia and Timor. We try to keep our prices down to help local homeless people or those who might be down on their luck.”

To help make a difference, consider donating your time or second-hand goods to op shops, or grab a few bargains this Christmas – ahh, we can feel those warm fuzzies from here!

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