Helping Hands of Devonport - Winter 2017
Helping Hands of Devonport is an organization that helps to provide the homeless of Auckland, New Zealand with food, clothing and hygiene products. The organization consists of wonderful women who volunteer their time to feed approximately 140 homeless people. The organization runs on only donations. Often times the volunteers cover many costs from their own pockets that the donations do not.
Every Tuesday at 18:45 Helping Hands of Devonport put their stand up and all the homeless come to enjoy a home cooked meal. Of the homeless they feed, there are eight that cannot walk, so they go up to them and give them a meal. Many of the homeless that are fed through this organization come from homes with violence, have mental illnesses and many of the youth on the streets have come from very violent homes. Many youths find it safer on the streets than in their very own homes. Helping Hands of Devonport serves a varied menu that includes chili con carne, chicken curry with rice, macaroni and cheese, corn fritters and desserts such as ambrosia, flan, strawberry cakes and watermelon. They change the menu every week depending on the food they have been given. Women and children always line up first for food and everyone says grace before their meal.
While we were there, we gave them lots of hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, sanitary items for women, soap, shampoo & conditioner, wipes, many paper plates, knife & forks, plastic cups, serviettes, tea & coffee, raisins, milk powder, chocolate drink mix, juice mix, laundry detergent, deodorant, cotton buds, shaving equipment for men, underwear for both men and women, crackers, biscuits, noodles and wash cloths. It felt great to contribute and donate to this wonderful project that helps so many people.