After months of preparation, B’nai B’rith NSW’s Womanpower Unit recently handed over 16 boxes worth of starter care packs to Bayside Women’s Shelter’s general manager Sallianne Faulkner.
The Womanpower Unit’s co-chairs Nina Blair and Belinda Levy said the project’s goal is to provide the women and children at the shelter, when they are ready and able to return home, with donated items to make their transition easier and to show that people care about them.
The packs typically contain new toasters and kettles, toiletry items, books, toys and games for children, pots and pans (donated by Coles) and gift vouchers, including some that can be used at B’nai B’rith’s Bargain Bazaar op shop.
“This project came about when Belinda noticed a Facebook post by Coogee MP Marjorie O’Neill, during Covid, encouraging people to donate items to Bayside Women’s Shelter,” Blair said.
“That’s such a great cause, so we thought of a way that our volunteers could help and we started purchasing items to go into the starter packs.
“We thank our supporters who have made donations, helped with packing, or dropped off books and games to the B’nai B’rith Centre.
“All our volunteers feel very grateful and happy, to be able to help the shelter in this way and we always love it when it is time to hand over the packs.
“We are hoping to expand the project soon, through Jewish House, who provide support to several women’s shelters.”