Photo Credit: Pia Kristine
Hasn’t it been a bit chilly over the last few weeks? Spare a thought for the thousands of Queenslanders who sleep rough every night. But one support service is trying to make a difference in the lives of those who aren’t fortunate enough to have a warm bed to sleep in each night.
Established in 2013, Clothes That Care Inc. are passionate advocates for the dis-advantaged, the needy and the politically under-represented members of our communities. Their mission is to provide advocacy for those in need and otherwise forgotten by providing quality goods when they need it most.
“How it all came about!
It was the start of winter and Director and Founder- Kylie Riseley had been busy collecting, sorting & cleaning clothes, baby goods & other items of need for the local community centre to distribute to the dis-advantaged members of her area.
Unfortunately, due to lack of funding and space, the community centre were unable to continue giving out the goods and Kylie was left with a lounge room full of donations. She set about trying to find an alternate organisation that promised to take the items and give them directly to those in need. Although there seemed to be plenty of charities willing to take the goods, Kylie didn’t want all her hard work to go to waste and everyone’s kind donations ending up on a thrift shop shelf. Kylie says “I wanted to see the goods to go people that truly needed them, I wanted to feel like I had ACTUALLY made a difference to somebody, no matter how small”.
So she began to research and it wasn’t long before Kylie found a group in Sydney that collects clothes, sorts them, then walks the streets at night, handing the items straight over to those that have very little or nothing at all. It was such a great idea, and exactly the type of organisation she wanted to support. Sadly they only cater to the Sydney region, but where there is a need there is opportunity…. And so with a few quick emails and the creation of a facebook page, Clothes that CARE was born!!”
So how can you help?
You can visit the Clothes That Care website http://www.clothes-that-care.organd donate – any dollar amount over $2 is tax deductible. You can also purchase a winter warmer pack. There are four packs available starting at just $10. Click here for more information. Or if you have the time, why not volunteer to spend some time with the group delivery packs to those who need it most. Click here for more information.