COMMUNITY STORE: Dean Evers with his team at Rags 2 Riches in Little St.
COMMUNITY STORE: Dean Evers with his team at Rags 2 Riches in Little St. Trevor Veale

Big hearts are opening up at 35 Little St

IT ALL started on Facebook.

One man with an idea. Dean Evers created Coffs Harbour Making A Difference and his masterplan is simple – to make his community a better place, help locals in need and feed the homeless.

Since posting that first conversation on Facebook, many like-minded people contacted Dean. Conversation turned to action, forming the not-for-profit group Coffs Harbour Making A Difference.

Yesterday the doors opened at Rags 2 Riches, a community store selling pre-loved items to the public. The profits from this store will fund CHMD projects, the first being a mobile food van to feed the homeless.

“A guy asked me the other day ‘who are you a part of?’ and I replied ‘this community’,” Dean Evers said.

“Our focus is simple and will always be; locals supporting locals. We are not part of any other state or national non-profit group, all the money stays here. At the moment our primary goal is to get a mobile food van up and running to feed the homeless and the community store is key to that happening.”

After an article in the Advocate detailing Dean’s plans to organise a food van to be financed by the proceeds from the community store, he fielded around 200 inquiries.

“I got so many calls, people just want to help. We now have a great team at Rags 2 Riches but could always use more volunteers on the retail side and also driving around collecting larger donated goods.”

If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can donate goods to, or shop at, Rags 2 Riches.

“We don’t have a collection bin, so just pop in and drop off your donations at the store during our business hours, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm.”

Rags 2 Riches Community Store opens today and sells pre-loved clothing, household items, cots, prams, toys, furniture and vintage labels.



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