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RCRG embraces online shopping site

By Don Fennell

Published 10:29 PDT, Fri July 9, 2021

Richmondites now have another way to free up some space in that spare room or closet, and help out their neighbours at the same time.

Describing itself as “an online marketplace for giving and community-friendly shopping,” Giveshop.ca has proven successful in the Ottawa and Toronto regions, and the president of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) is hoping for the same here.

“RCRG is pleased to be the first B.C.-based charity to take part in this marketplace,” says Ed Gavsie, who is also CEO of the local social services organization. “By using Giveshop.ca, people can get rid of their gently used items, which we all have, while at the same time donating to a charity, receiving a tax receipt, and keeping items out of the landfill.”

Gavsie adds that the more people who sign up for a free account to buy or sell items, the sooner “we will reach a critical mass of things flowing.”

“That’s why I have encouraged some of our non-profit partners in the Lower Mainland to take advantage of this unique marketplace.”

Other organizations wishing to set up their own Giveshop marketplace can contact RCRG at 694-279-7020 to learn more.

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