'Food, clothes, blankets': Winter appeal to help homeless

Winter appeal to help homeless

THERE'S an easy way you can help the homeless this winter.

McGrath Springfield has launched a Help the Homeless Appeal to support Goodna Street Life Helping Hands Centre and are asking for people to donate food and sanitary items as well as warm clothes and blankets.

Principal Steve Hodgson said he wanted to help after learning about the Goodna Street Life vending machines.

Small op-shops hit back: "We're still about the community"

Small op-shops hit back

SMALL independent op-shops are hitting back, saying they continue to offer cheap prices despite reports otherwise.

Following an article in last week's QT about op-shops becoming unaffordable, Goodna Street Life said it wasn't fair to generalise about all op-shops and that many smaller, independent charities still kept their prices low to benefit the local community.

GSL vice president Steven Purcell said while some larger charity stores may be charging more for certain products, all the of items sold at his op-shop were still very affordable and well under retail prices.