Community groups lend a helping hand

Helping hands in Gosford

As the lockdown continues on the Central Coast – our local heroes are busy helping the community’s most vulnerable. Every Wednesday evening – volunteers from Coast Hands are providing free meals and groceries to the homeless and those financially struggling at Kibble Park in Gosford.

Coast Hands Founder, Micah Weekes said, “the assistance that we get from local businesses who cook for us, they supply the stuff for free, the meat, the veggies, the pasta, the rice, the sauce, everything that goes into these meals are free.

“All the donations that we take from the community all comes in for free and goes back out to people who need it the most for free.

“We also supply clothing, blankets, toiletries, sanitation, and all that sort of stuff.”

Weekes says the best way to get assistance from Coast Hands during lockdown is to contact a neighbourhood centre.

“While a lot of neighbourhood centres are contactless, you can’t go in there, you can ring ahead and organise with these guys, and they can give you information”, said Weekes.

“They can still point you in the direction of the services that you require.”

Since July 2020, the Coast Hands’ team, comprising of 68 volunteers including members of the Knights Motorcycle Club have provided more than 5,000 meals to Coasties.

Charities that support Coast Hands include Shoebox Revolution, Southlakes Incorporated, Soul Soup and Orange Sky.

Meanwhile Shoebox Revolution has also amped up its support and has set up donation bins at 19 locations across the region including Cakes by Kyla’s shop in Gosford.

The not-for-profit organization delivers emergency relief hampers to those doing it tough in the community.

“I’ve been an ambassador for Shoebox Revolution for a few years now, and I’ve always had their donation box in store but we’re trying to step it up a level during lockdown,” said Kyla Daniels.

“People can drop off donations at my store and we’ve also got hampers available for people to collect.

“It’s one thing to bring people joy, but it’s another thing to be able to help people out daily with the items they physically need, so it’s amazing the work Shoebox Revolution is doing.”

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Skaie Hull.

1 Comment on "Community groups lend a helping hand"

  1. Ellen Christie | July 30, 2021 at 3:53 pm |

    That’s wonderful, congratulations you beautiful people who are ensuring the homeless are looked after. There should not be homeless people in our country.

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