St Bart's op shop appeal for flood-affected Lismore overwhelms organisers

Updated May 4 2022 - 2:11pm, first published May 3 2022 - 5:00am
St Bart's Anglican Church op shop manager Sandi Powell and volunteer Nigel Campbell
St Bart's Anglican Church op shop manager Sandi Powell and volunteer Nigel Campbell

St Bartholomew's Anglican Church op shop in Burnley St has been overwhelmed with donations following an appeal for books and other items for flood-affected organisations in Lismore.

St Bart's op shop manager Sandi Powell, who put out the call for contributions on social media, said the response had been massive. "People have been so generous," she said.

The appeal came after Powell was approached with a request for books to send north by op shop volunteer Nigel Campbell.

Campbell, who lost his mother to motor neurone disease last year, had been planning to use her 6000-volume collection to kickstart a charity bookshop.

But when he heard about the plight of the library in Lismore, which lost much of its collection in the February floods, he decided to donate it there instead.

After a strong response, a decision was made to also help a flooded op shop in Lismore with other goods and fittings.

A few days later the donations had overwhelmed the capacity of the 5 -tonne truck Campbell is renting for the trip. He is still hoping to secure extra space.

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