WITH CMR (Christelike Maatskaplike Raad or Christian Social Services) officially opening their charity shop in Nahoon last week, there is still a lot to be done and CMR needs the public’s assistance.
The welfare organisation, which was established in 1955, runs a safe house for abused women, an extensive home food security programme and offers child protection, foster care and adoption services.
“We had a great opening day and first few days. We had some donations coming in as well and so we are busy daily unpacking new stock. There is still a lot to be done. We want to get some more shelving and develop our book section. We need someone with librarian skills to actually manage the section,” said CMR manager Gaye Moonieya.
Moonieya said people have asked if they will also be opening a coffee shop.
“We need to think about it. I remember a place called The Well in London next to the Victoria Bus Station that was a charity shop cum coffee shop and it worked well.
“But we desperately need more volunteers and hands on deck to sort and price donations, as well as man the till,” she added.
CMR has a new website where you can find out more about the organisation: www.cmrel.co.za and a Facebook page, “CMR East London”, where more news about the shop and their other activities will be posted
“Just a reminder to people that there is parking around the back as you turn into Smartt Road – there is a little shopping centre where people can park and come through our back entrance. We hope our store signs will be up soon but that has not stopped people from finding us,” she said.
Moonieya also said that all donations are welcome and if people are need someone to fetch, they are happy to do that.