Treasure Boxes gets foundation lifeline
ADELAIDE-based charity Treasure Boxes has been able to restart operations thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Hospital Research Foundation.
The not-for-profit organisation was forced to temporarily close its doors earlier this month because of a decline in volunteer availability due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This was despite demand for its services being higher than ever.
Treasure Boxes provides assistance packages including products such as cots, car seats, clothing, linen and household items to children and their families who are at risk of homelessness or who were recently homeless, and families living in severe poverty.
Founder Rikki Cooke said the new partnership with THRF was a welcome relief with the foundation also becoming Treasure Boxes’ first Platinum Sponsor.
“Our collaboration with The Hospital Research Foundation will ensure Treasure Boxes can recommence its vital service within the next two weeks to provide childhood essentials to our most vulnerable community members,” Ms Cooke said.
“The donation will allow us to continue to provide items such as cots and bassinettes for newborn babies born into severe hardship and are without a safe place to sleep – putting their lives at risk - and women and children who have fled domestic violence and are currently residing in women’s shelters.’’
THRF chief executive Paul Flynn said the partnership was an important way his organisation could continue to provide support to vulnerable communities in SA during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. “We are extremely impressed by the passion, determination and drive behind Treasure Boxes and feel very proud to enable their recommencement during this critical time,” Mr Flynn said.
Treasure Boxes helped 2026 babies and children in SA last year. The organisation has also applied for $245,476 in Emergency Relief funding support from the State Government.
GIVING BACK: Treasure Boxes volunteer Lorraine Harris helps to prepare essentials at the warehouse.