A LIMERICK mum who wants to help others who have fallen on hard times during the recession has set up a site where people can give their unwanted goods away to others who truly need them.
Mum of three, Christyna Williams, 39, from Mungret Court in the city, set up a page on Facebook to help others who are strapped for cash for essential items, including children’s clothes and household appliances.
The page was set up a week ago today and has already received close to 7,000 members.
“I never expected it to be this big,” she told the Limerick Leader.
“I’m running this out of my own house and collecting items in my car, with my friends. I don’t make anything from it. There is no selling or buying on the site - it’s not allowed. I wanted to set this up because I know how hard things can be for people at the moment. People can’t afford these things anymore; I know I can’t,” said the stay-at-home mum, who is caring for a child with special needs.
Since she launched the page her small, two-bedroomed home near the Milk Market has been inundated with goods, from buggies to bicycles, to Debs dresses and she has had offers of goods to take away, stretching from Kerry to Donegal and Dublin. This week they made their first trip to Cork to collect unwanted items on behalf of others, as they act as a go-between for those in need and those who want to donate.
Ideally, to continue making trips outside of Limerick to pick up goods, she said they need a van, a driver and someone to help pay with petrol, as they are currently covering those costs on their own.
Her friend and mum of four, Sabrina Dawson, from Dooradoyle added: “It’s a non-profit organisation. We’re just doing this out of the goodness of our hearts. This is for the people who really, really need it. The biggest ask on the page at the moment is for children’s clothes and that’s like gold dust at the moment.”
The rules on the site - a Facebook page under the name ‘Free to good home’ - state that people can put up items they’re giving away for free - with the exception of pets, and all items must be given for free. Among the items that parents have sought from others on the site include a children’s bike, and single beds for a children’s room, and other basic household items, such as a table and chairs.