Lit­tle things mean a lot, go a long way

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Tamra Carr

Hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vice op­er­a­tors at Sun City Chris­tian Cen­tre have seen first­hand how giv­ing a lit­tle can go a long way for lo­cals in need.

The church, which re­cently re­ceived five sleep­ing bags do­nated by the In­ner Wheel Club of Ger­ald­ton, sup­ports peo­ple in cri­sis by pro­vid­ing re­sources such as food, shel­ter and cloth­ing.

Sun City care co-or­di­na­tor Bon­nie Scally said peo­ple in need ben­e­fited greatly when res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions made do­na­tions.

“We re­ceive bread, fruit, veg­eta­bles and soup, so we can op­er­ate our mo­bile soup van which goes out into the com­mu­nity once a week,” Mrs Scally said.

“We av­er­age about 25 peo­ple a night with our soup van, and we hand out about 40 food parcels a week.”

“We also re­ceive cloth­ing and other house­hold items, which go to our thrift shop.

“Peo­ple can by low-cost items and the pro­ceeds go to buy­ing food for our parcels.”

The sleep­ing bags do­nated by the In­ner Wheel Club of Ger­ald­ton were pur­chased from in­ter­na­tional char­ity Stitches of Hope, which pro­vides work, ed­u­ca­tion and skills train­ing to peo­ple in Cam­bo­dia.

Mrs Scally said the sim­ple han­dover of sleep­ing bags demon­strated the power of so­cial en­ter­prise.

“We have cri­sis accommodation here, and for many rea­sons peo­ple can’t or don’t want to stay here, but they’re still sleep­ing rough,” she said.

“We can find those peo­ple and give them the sleep­ing bags.

“For those who need them, do­nat­ing these items has a huge im­pact.

“We so ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of In­ner Wheel, es­pe­cially their ini­tia­tive to get up and do some­thing about what they see as an is­sue in the com­mu­nity.

“This kind of thing ben­e­fits our com­mu­nity di­rectly, and you can also see how so­cial en­ter­prise ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity it came from.

“It’s great that we can help pro­vide em­ploy­ment for peo­ple in Cam­bo­dia, while help­ing peo­ple here in Ger­ald­ton at the same time.”

In­ner Wheel pur­chased 10 sleep­ing bags from Stitches of Hope, five of which were also do­nated to the Sal­va­tion Army Ger­ald­ton.

In­ner Wheel Club pres­i­dent Les­ley Col­liver, left, with Sun City Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Kate Ste­wart.

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