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Janine Philp with some of the donated items she sells from her garage, the Helping Hands Shed.

A Temuka woman runs sales from her garage for the greater good.

Janine Philp opens up her Whitcombe St garage on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10am-12pm to sell donated items.

The money raised from sales at the Helping Hands Shed is deposited into a bank account administered by a retired minister, who distributes it to families in need.

Ms Philp said many of the items donated were from deceased estates, and included a range of furniture and household items.

“I had an empty garage, so I said we could use that to store stuff, and then I thought, ‘Why don’t I try to move it for him, and see if I can help in other ways?’.”

As well as the items in her own garage, she had a list of larger items – such as bigger furniture pieces – that were stored in other locations.

A number of local families were given vouchers over summer that gave them the opportunity to visit the shed and choose items they needed.

“But we still need to sell some stuff to be able to help families in other ways – a pot doesn’t pay the power bill.”

Last year, the shed raised nearly $500, and Ms Philp said she hoped, as word spread, that amount would increase.

“It would be nice if people from Timaru came out for a look.”

Ms Philp said that as a single parent who was not working at present, it was nice to be able to help people in the same boat.

“And I quite enjoy it. It’s like running a little shop in my garage.”