Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands was established in 2011 by CASSIDY STRICKLAND, then 8, who after witnessing a hungry man rummaging through her family bin for food, decided at that very moment to do something.
She thought that food and dignity was something she could try and help with and so along with her mum Linda, HHH was born.
Giving a helping hand to people in their community with no judgment. For nearly eight years, every day of the week, Hawkesbury’s Helping Hands Inc has supported those experiencing homelessness or at risk homelessness, providing love, care, kindness, food, toiletries, clothing, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, swags, pet supplies also advice on services available and if possible, support with accommodation. Free meals are served three days a week in a local park. To date nearly 500, 000 meals of food have been served.
Five years ago the formal wear program was started, collecting and distributing formal wear, to ensure that no student couldn’t attend their farewell, formal or graduation because they cannot afford anything to wear. “Hiring” for free complete outfits for both genders.
This year’s backpack drive distributed 270 backpacks full of school supplies.