Young female founders are calling out support for Australia’s most vulnerable

The only thing worse than lockdown in a nice warm house is being stuck outside in the freezing cold with a shortage of resources.

This is the reality for our homeless community in Victoria and New South Wales right now.

Gali Blacher and Maddy Jones, the co-founders of social enterprise The Good Box, are doing everything in their power to keep our homeless community warm and fed this lockdown. 

The Good Box offers support to the vulnerable

“We make beautifully packaged gift boxes that are purchased by the public online and then handed to our homeless community.”

“We have close on 1,000 orders a week from our charity partners who require our winter box filled with wonderful winter items such as a hoodie, beanies, soup sachet and more.”

“However, support always suffers during lockdown but homelessness doesn’t stop,” says The Good Box co-founder Gali Blacher.

“In lockdown, support services stopped and we got many phone calls from various charities for our boxes as they help keep the homeless people warm and remind them they matter.”

“Each box has a personalised note inside the box to help instil dignity and brighten up the day of someone doing it tough,” says The Good Box co-founder Madelyn Jones.

The Good Box is overwhelmed and needs help

The Good Box received a phone call from a woman in lockdown in Melbourne, trying to find support for a man sleeping rough on the streets with no warm clothing in the height of winter. 

“The lady couldn’t receive any support for this man as it is lockdown but he was lonely and cold on the streets of Melbourne while everyone else was in their warm house,” says Blacher.

The Good Box connected the man to support services and a winter box was sent his way to help him receive the essentials he needs for winter and to help him receive a good meal.

The Good Box provides items needed to keep the homeless warm as well as helping them feel connected and communicated with as the homeless community is incredibly isolated. 

The Good Box needs more support to be able to fulfil the needs from their charity partners.

“We are inundated with requests to send through Winter Boxes and we can’t keep up with the need. We need support from the community to help those in need,” says Jones.

By heading to you can donate a box for $21.99 and it will be sent directly to someone experiencing homelessness in Australia.

The Good Box distributes charity partners nationally including Orange Sky Australia, MCC Carenet, Bethany, Jewish House, Vinnies, Melbourne City Mission, Anglicare and more.