By Jan Macindoe, Community Development Subcommittee Convenor. In Bulletin 10 of 2020
Members responded generously to our request, a few months ago, to re-stock our kitchen pack supplies. Some members have taken the opportunity to pass on excess kitchenware and dinnerware, or things that have been replaced by new purchases. Others, who have had to help family or friends move into assisted accommodation, have found it a useful way to make a positive contribution in circumstances that can be stressful. Whatever the situation, your donations have made a difference to people in our community who are setting up a new home, with few resources. Thank you!
As you know, our Kitchen Packs go to women, mainly with young children, leaving Elsie Women’s Refuge and men leaving Rainbow Lodge for independent accommodation. Despite the challenges, those who find self-contained accommodation are the lucky ones. The shortage of affordable accommodation in Sydney means that some people must settle for boarding houses or other shared arrangements, and do not have the chance to set up their own kitchens. For this reason, our Kitchen Packs have moved a little more slowly this year than we anticipated.
We always need frypans, saucepans and other baking utensils, and crockery and cutlery, glasses and mugs are always welcome.
Even so, we are still in need of supplies for anticipated demand over the summer. We always need frypans, saucepans and other baking utensils, and crockery and cutlery, glasses and mugs are always welcome. Please feel free to contact me at any time and I can arrange to pick up any items you would like to donate. Also, if you have the opportunity, let friends and family know of the Kitchen Pack project, as we have found that word-of-mouth connections are a valuable source of donations. Many people find themselves hanging on to things they no longer want, simply because they do not want to create unnecessary waste. They are pleased to learn that they can clean out the cupboards, and help others at the same time.