Author's Name: Sandra McGuire
Date: Sat 16 Jul 2022

Backpacks for the Homeless


Homeless people struggle to find clean dry socks, which can result in their developing trench foot and other problems. This is best prevented by wearing clean dry socks. Following on from our support for 'Socks in the City' in winter 2021, we again launched a campaign this winter to supply warm socks to homeless people. Over a number of weeks the team collected both socks and money at the admin stall at the Stirling Farmers Market.

What started out as simply collecting socks grew into something much, much more. Due to the amazing contributions made by the generous donations of our amazing local residents, as well as our club, we were able to work closely with the Perth City Homeless Group to do more.

During consultation sessions with this group, we discussed the other immediate needs of the homeless for this winter, apart from housing.

As a result, we were able to provide, not only over 300 pairs of socks for distribution but we also put together 32 backpacks for men and women for donation.

The backpacks contained the following items: Blanket, beanie, socks, scarf, gloves, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, soap, deodorant, small medical kit, two tins of tuna, crackers, energy bar, insulated cup, wipes and sanitary items for the ladies backpacks.

In addition, each backpack carried a tag identifying that it was a donation from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup. 

These backpacks will be delivered by the Perth City Homeless group this month and will hopefully bring some warm relief and some sustenance to the homeless people of Perth this winter.

As well as the back packs we received a number of thermal tops, underwear and a few bags of extremely nice Gazman jumpers, coats and jeans, which we will deliver to the city group. 

It should also be noted that the kindness has not stopped there but we already have on order 50 backpacks for next winter which hopefully will be delivered before the start of next winter.

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