The Wagga community has dug deep into their wardrobes to help keep struggling local families warm up this winter.
In its first year, Wagga Marketplace’s Share the Winter Warmth initiative received enough donated clothes to fill a seven tonne truck.
From pre-loved vintage flares and worn out winter coats, more than 3000 items originally destined for the dumpster will now be transformed into useful products.
With the incentive of Marketplace gift cards, clothes will be sent to St Vincent de Paul Society and denim up-cycling company JEANBAG, to reduce waste and protect the environment.
Marketplace marketing coordinator Caitlin Howell said 400 pairs of jeans were collected and 600 gift cards given out but generosity was the main motivation.
“This was the first year we have done this campaign and had a great response form the community,” Ms Howell said.
“We ran out of gift cards on the last day of the promotion and people were still donating items out of goodwill.”