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.
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.”
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 www.thegoodbox.com.au you can donate a box for $21.99 and it will be sent directly to someone experiencing homelessness in Australia.