Victorian Bushfire Appeal – January 2020
Helping Hands Mission Inc. understands the important role that monetary support plays in being able to respond effectively to disasters such as the current bushfires across Victoria. On Friday 10th January, 100% of sales across all of our Op Shops will be donated to The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.
A number of our customers and supporters have contacted us, asking whether we can forward their donation of goods to bush fire victims. Whilst we are happy to receive donations, we are following the advice of the Victorian Premier and charities on the ground who have issued statements to advise that they cannot take any further donations of food, clothing, toiletries, furniture, toys, bedding or whitegoods.
As a charity, Helping Hands Mission works to provide emergency and material aid across Victoria, and over the next six – twelve months, we will work with local Gippsland charities to provide material aid where needed.
About the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) is a registered charity that was established in 1978 to provide immediate short-term funds to Gippslanders affected by natural disaster events. Run by volunteers, 100% of all donations are returned to the community. The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund provides immediate financial assistance to residents who suffer loss or hardship as a direct result of an emergency that occurs within the Gippsland region.
Can I Make A Cash Donation?
Any of our customers and supporters who wish to make a cash contribution to our fundraiser can do so at any of our stores. Store managers will be happy to issue you with a receipt and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
100% of donations made via our stores will be forwarded directly to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.
CHRISTMAS 2019 TRADING HOURS
Fullarton Road, Centreway, Roxburgh Park, Sunshine op shops: Last day of trade is Saturday 21st December. Stores reopen Monday 6th January.
Gaye’s Vintage Shop (Knighton Avenue): Last day of trade is Saturday 21st December. Store reopens Monday 13th January.
Preston: Last day of trade is Sunday 22nd December. Store reopens Monday 6th of January.
Bridgewater on Loddon: last day of trade is Saturday 21st December. Store reopens Tuesday 7th January.
Community Pantries – last appointment day is Friday 20th December; appointments resume Monday 6th January.
Helping Hands Mission Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that runs seven opportunity shops across Melbourne and rural Victoria, and provides emergency support to Victorian families and individuals who are suffering as a result of extreme circumstance.
Extreme circumstance can strike anyone at any time. Natural disasters, such as drought or bushfire, have an enormous impact on the day-to-day lives of many families. Similarly, illness or unexpected loss of income can place people in a sudden and very difficult situation. We currently work in partnership with a number of local and rural aid agencies to ensure the emergency and material aid support we provide is accessible and directed across a broad range of community needs.
Our op shops are a treasure trove of quality clothing, footwear, books, toys, furniture, homewares and bric-a-brac, and we keep our prices low to ensure that everyone can afford to wear nice clothes, furnish their homes, and buy toys for their kids. This provides a sense of dignity to those who need our help most. We also run Work for the Dole programs, giving job seekers the opportunity to develop their skills and improve employability, and we offer meals 5 days a week in our Community Kitchen at 492 Fullarton Road, Airport West (just $3 for a generous buffet-style lunch, $2 for morning tea, and light refreshments for afternoon tea, free of charge).
As well as being a resource and a meeting place for the community, these op shops provide the funding we need to deliver programs that focus on providing emergency aid, material aid and opportunities for social inclusion. Every dollar spent in our op shops goes back to helping the community.
Come and visit us today and see why Helping Hands op shops have become an integral part of the community during our 12 years of operation. Our op shops are located in Airport West, East Keilor, Roxburgh Park, Preston, Sunshine, and Bridgewater on Loddon (just outside of Bendigo).