New clothes for homeless
Bob (not his real name) has been homeless for about two years and currently lives in the camp around the soup kitchen.
Members of Lismore's Seventh Day Adventist Church have pitched in to buy some new clothes for those living rough on the streets.
“It'll be nice to have a pair of undies that someone else's bum hasn't already been in,” Bob said. “It was very kind of them to do this.”
The idea was initiated by Daniel Jones, who once lived on the streets himself and has been a volunteer at the Lismore Soup Kitchen for the past six months. He said second hand clothes were sometimes made available by various charities, but he thought it would be nice if they were able to get a brand new set of clothes.
Daniel left home to live on the streets when he was young because of his alcoholic step-dad. When he was doing it tough, some Christians helped him and now, as a Christian himself, he said he wanted to give something back.
He approached church members with the idea of sponsoring a homeless person. When people were supportive of the idea he found 16 people from the soup kitchen who said they would be happy to receive the clothes. He then had to make a list of what size garments each person required and passed the details on to their sponsor.
In all about 50 people from the church contributed and each of the recipients got a new pair of shorts, a shirt, a tracksuit, a jumper, a pair of shoes, as well as new socks and jocks.
Bob said he was looking forward to the soup kitchen's move into the Winsome Hotel.
“It's not likely that you can go straight from the streets into a rental house if you've got no references or anything... The Winsome should be able to help with that,” he said.