The Salvation Army Op Shop has had a valuable donation returned by thieves.
Salvation Army auxiliary captain Rob Gardiner is pleased to see the Sony stereo unit back instore for potential sale.
"The green-grocer next door found it and he came and alerted the management staff," he said.
Even better, it was returned with the INXS and Celine Dion CD's that Christa Adams had forgotten to remove still inside.
The stereo was first lost after being left behind the store in an alley on a Sunday afternoon as a donation.
When Mrs Adams realised she had left her CD's inside, she visited the store the next morning hoping to pick them up, quickly discovering that the stereo was never found by store staff.
"I was surprised that it was so quickly returned," Mr Gardiner said.
While the store's staff appreciate the return of the item, it doesn't come close to plugging the ever-growing gap between the needy in the community and the goods they can provide.
"We're still looking for donated goods and clothing to support those who find it hard to support themselves," Mr Gardiner said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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