MORE than 350,000 frequent shopper points have been donated to the Derwent Valley Community Card which has been operating at Woolworths supermarkets since last Christmas. The currrent tally means more than $3500 in grocery vouchers will be distributed to the needy this Christmas.
Last week's Derwent Valley Council meeting decided that for this year the vouchers would be distributed via the charity St Vincent de Paul, which has a branch in New Norfolk. The Community Card is said to be the first of its kind in Australia and it is the brainchild of New Norfolk resident Ruth Howie.
The card enables any Woolworths shopper to donate unwanted reward points. You do not have to be a Frequent Shopper Club cardholder to do so. All checkouts at the New Norfolk Woolworths have the Community Card number programmed into their cash registers, but points can be donated at any Tasmanian Woolworths supermarket or BWS outlet by quoting the card number 6194994.
As of last night, the points tally had topped 350,000. This year's total will be closed off on November 4, so there are just a few days left to help make a difference to someone's Christmas this year. Points donated after that date will start next year's tally.
So, when your Woolies or BWS checkout operator asks if you have a Frequent Shopper Card, why not say you'd like to have your points added to the Community Card instead - even if it's just this once.