How You Can Help Us

Updated: December 2017

I currently work in depth with  a growing number of organisations, providing clothes, bedding etc and some additional needs for our most vulnerable citizens.

If you have stuff to give to the me for any of our people, please message me via Facebook/email me/Tweet me, and I will add you a schedule for weekend pickup. 

Please be aware that I’m not taking any donations of stuff until after Xmas. This is a strategy that was designed to keep us all focused on Xmas! 

Please, also, if what you’re looking to donate is not on this list, email me. Or if you’d like to phone me, do that. I’m on 0275228115. 

 We have the storage unit, but space is still somewhat limited! I like clothing items, and bedding to be put in black rubbish sacks. I will not take bedding or clothes that aren’t freshly laundered or nice. The whole idea of the Aunties is that our people get the best we can get them, and we intend to keep it that way. If you have designer clothes that need a home, we now have The Aunties Shop. Please contact me through the Aunties Facebook page and we can arrange collection. 

 We sell these clothes on, for very reasonable prices, and the money is being kept until we have enough to buy a good supply of dressing gowns to have available in our storage unit. 

Please always bear in mind that, in any given year,  we  service and care for a lot of people, most of whom are dealing with the fall out of family/street or intimate partner violence. Their needs are many, and our aim is to provide them with as many of those needs as is practicable. We keep up with most needs but we always need more. And our kaupapa is meeting needs with aroha. If you don’t give with love, then please give to another charity, and not to us. This is the way this has to be. 

So what do we need, currently? And how can you help us?

1) Money! 

We always always need money. Always. Your money is spent on many and varied needs of our clients, from food to gifts or hair dye or spending sprees for teenagers or tyres…..you get the gist. The list goes on.

Many of the women we support in the community are also supporting their own communities. In particular in Mangere, and Papakura. If you are from those communities and want me to hook you up, I can do that.

As well, our outgoings have increased with the number of clients I work with. I would spend around $1000 a month or more on community clients, and we give financial assistance to the organisations we work to the tune of around $3000 a month. So keep looking down the back of those sofas, cos every penny counts.

Contributing to our bank account is the best option. That bank account, currently is in the names of: 

MISS P R WARIN AND MRS V L EDWARDS AND OTHERS

12-3077-0008717-00

And contributing via our Givealittle funding page is the easiest option.

If you would like a receipt, please email treasurer@aunties.co.nz and we will sort that for you.

2. Bedding(2nd hand/pre-loved absolutely fine)

At the moment, we are in dire need of sheets.

3Furniture. Clients of both the emergency housing team of the Salvation Army,  and Te Whanau Rangimarie are always in need of furniture. At the moment, we need drawers, please. Both organisations can collect.

4. NB babies clothes and stuff. I have just been cleaned out of baby girl clothes, so I need these please. I need a cot, a pram, cloth nappies, a baby capsule and a front pack. This is for one of the refuge clients whose baby is due in February.

5. Food.  Most of the time, I just do online shopping from lists, or I give people supermarket gift cards to the value of $100, $200 at a time. However. Fresh fruit/veges/meat are always appreciated. If you have a source of those in any quantity, or you’d like to support one of the whānau we work with in this manner, just ask me and I will connect you directly with them. Same goes with cooking. If you want to give a woman a break, by cooking some meals for her freezer, let me know and I will give their contact details to you. (These would be women in the community).

The biggest way you can help me to get our clients what they need is to share this blog, and/or find us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/refugeaunties  – I keep the Facebook page updated daily with needs, and stories. 

 

Many thanks for your interest, and compassion. We can’t  do this without you.

Jackie Clark

#whaeapower

 

You can contact me  @whaeapower on Twitter

Or email me at whaeapower@aunties.co.nz

You are also very welcome to ring/text me on 0275228115.