The heartbeat of the community
DEMANDS for welfare assistance have increased dramatically over the past six months on the Coffs Coast and one of the largest agencies providing assistance, Coffs City Mission has been straining at the seams to meet the requests for bedding, clothing, furniture and household items for people of all ages.
High unemployment figures in the area exacerbate the difficulties parents face in providing some of the basic needs of life for their children.
"As the festive Christmas season draws closer by the day, the needs will increase,” Coffs City Mission CEO Wayne Magee said.
The City Mission is supported by Heartbeat Market, which enables it to provide free assistance such as bedding, white goods and furniture as they become available.
Family Support Officer, Joy King said the charity aims to meet all needs as they arise but sadly sometimes the items just aren't available.
"We do whatever we can to help people along their journey," Joy said.
With the increases in requests for help also comes the need for more volunteers to assist in sorting the loads of donations collected from clothing bins throughout the area plus the items generously donated for free pick-up by the City Mission's transport services.
Heartbeat Market Manager, Craig Parkins said Coffs City Mission urgently needs more willing volunteers who could give even half a day to help sort clothing, kitchen items, electrical products and bric-a-brac items in their warehouse section at the rear of the Murdock St store.
"Without this vital help in sorting donated product, we cannot release the stock which we currently have warehoused to offer those with needs an even greater variety of choice in free items through Coffs City Mission,” Craig said.
If people require assistance they can call 6652 6282 during office hours for an appointment.