THE phrase 'pass it on' can not be better illustrated than by the work of the Carrum Downs Community Charitable Network.
Through its op shop, the network raises money for local groups and last year handed out $7000 to charities and services and $5000 to the Frankston Community Fund.
The Carrum Downs and Skye fire brigades were two recipients that have used the money to purchase vital equipment to help protect the community.
Carrum Downs captain Terry Larkin said the volunteer fire brigades relied heavily on fund-raising and donations to better enhance their capabilities.
"We are extremely grateful that people still care and the donation will go towards either replacing old equipment or projects which will ultimately make the members' role serving the community all that much easier.
"We rely heavily on community support to perform our functions and the CDCCN has contributed greatly towards that," Mr Larkin said. "We hope that support will continue in the future."
Skye fire brigade will use the money to upgrade its slip-on firefighting appliance.
The CDCCN op shop is at 1195 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, and opens Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 1pm and Saturday, 9am-noon. Donations are welcome.