Tears of gratitude were flowing when sleeping bags, pillows, care packs, blankets and beds were donated by CHRG (Castle Hill RSL Group) to Parramatta Mission.
The brand new items were excess to demand after the club became an evacuation centre for the victims of the Hawkesbury Floods.
CHRG has been working closely with Parramatta Mission supporting their Meals Plus Program which operates primarily as a meals service for people either experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Davyn De Bruyn from Parramatta Mission said Parramatta Mission serves between 150 – 180 meals per day. “During Covid our food parcels that we hand out have increased by about 15 per cent.”
He said the care packs were distributed with the food parcels.
“Most people cannot afford the basics as they often have to choose between paying rent/electricity or food for their families.
“The sleeping bags brought so much joy (and often tears) to those who we handed them to. Many of our clients are rough sleepers so these are so needed as we head into winter.”
“The donation allows us to connect to the community and assist them by learning more about their story and working out how we can better assist them on their journey.”