Second-hand clothes are among the items regularly donated to flood victims, but Rusnah, 56, has a rule about accepting them: they must be clean and still wearable.
To prevent the victims from feeling insulted, the charity home operator also ensures the clothes at her two ‘freetail’ lots in Pasar Besar Maran are hung or sorted in piles.
“I want people to feel like they are in a boutique or clothing store, free to pick anything they like,” she told Bernama today.
Not surprisingly, her lots are among the most visited every day, with no one leaving empty-handed.
“Since floods hit Pahang, we have given away three to four bags worth of clothes in two days. But thanks to the generosity of the public, there will always be a box delivered to the house by someone or via courier, so we’re always stocked-up.
“And not just everyday clothes, but work clothes, blankets and lately, school uniforms too, which parents are looking for now. We don’t put a limit on how many they may take but ask them to take only what is necessary,” said Rusnah.
She said every piece of clothing is inspected by her and some volunteers because sometimes they get soiled socks or torn clothing which are trashed or set aside to make patchwork blankets.
Her store is open from 9am – 3pm but Rusnah still allows people to pick out what they need at night, although they must inform her first or ask her neighbours for permission to remove the canvas wrapped around her lots.
She said she permits this because she had once been contacted by a family who had to evacuate quickly and only had the clothes on their back.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency