It’s practically an avalanche—the generous citizens of ‘Hopeland’ have responded to ‘Socks & Jocks’ more generously than we ever expected, donating over 16,000 items of clothing and hygiene products for people in crisis.
The Socks & Jocks appeal, a partnership of Hope 103.2 and Parramatta Mission, called on listeners to donate essential items that people need when they are homeless or in a crisis such as fleeing domestic violence.
The items donated, which filled 76 large boxes, included socks, underwear, thongs and slip on sandals, toiletries, nappies (over 1,000 of them!) and baby supplies.
Parramatta Mission CEO Keith Hamilton said he was thrilled with the response.
“I think one of the ways in which God touches Australians is through generosity and we see that today the way ‘Hopeland’ has responded to the need,” he said. “Our reception staff Tracy and Coral can now be confident that when someone comes in needing these things, we can supply that to them, and help them – particularly with dignity – and also to feel comfortable.
“And it’s great to have them now as we lead into winter and the temperatures are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and more and more people are finding themselves sleeping rough.”
Keith said Parramatta alone has seen a 44 percent increase in the number of ‘rough sleepers’, so the need was great.
All donated goods will be distributed across Parramatta mission’s crisis services, including:
- Thelma Brown Cottage, where women and children are escaping domestic violence
- Parra House, where young people are in refuge
- Wyonga House, a refuge and support home for teenage girls who are pregnant
- Hope Hostel, crisis accommodation hostel for men facing homelessness
- Meals Plus, a drop-in day centre in Parramatta for homeless and disadvantaged people
“I want to say a big thankyou to Hope 103.2 for the initiative, and all of the listeners in ‘Hopeland’ who have responded in this way,” Keith said.