UPTOWN POP-UP NEWS: The News was out and about in Mooroopna yesterday, setting up a pop-up newsroom at Mooroopna Newsagency. Our journalists then wandered the streets to talk to the locals.
Life OpShop in Mooroopna is all about helping people and reaching the community.
OpShop manager Sandy Anderson said selling items to those who came to the OpShop had become only a small part of the job.
She said often people who visited the OpShop did not necessarily come to buy anything. Sometimes they just needed someone to listen to them.
She said being able to show people that someone cared was often all some people were searching for.
Mrs Anderson said her position as manager at the OpShop had provided her with countless opportunities to meet new faces, to encourage and to help people from the community in various ways.
‘‘I know I’m meant to be here doing what I’m doing,’’ Mrs Anderson said.
She said the OpShop first opened its doors 10 years ago as an extending reach into the community for Life Church Mooroopna.
She said over the years the support they had been able to offer and the influence they had had on the community had become well known and appreciated by many throughout Mooroopna and surrounding areas.
Mrs Anderson said the OpShop was only able to run because of people who offered up their time to volunteer.
She said the OpShop had about 85 volunteers, some regular and some whocame in when they had the chance.
Mrs Anderson said they were always appreciative of anyone who was able to volunteer for any amount of time.
As an additional way of offering support, Mrs Anderson said the OpShop held a free barbecue every Wednesday from 4.30pm for anyone who would like to come along.
She said the food for the weekly barbecues was donated by Mooroopna businesses, Billy’s Bakehouse and Food Bank.