PAY IT FORWARD: Inspiring initiative to help community
LEFTOVER items from a garage sale have inspired a Stanthorpe mother and daughter to start a Community Cupboard – a place for members of the community to access household items for free.
The cupboard, at 9 Hillcrest St, is open to anyone to access and has everything from kitchen utensils, furniture, blankets, pillows, children’s toys and books.
Founder Kate Moran said the idea would give everyone in the community a chance to access basic day-to-day essentials without cost.
“We decided to put it on the footpath so anyone who needs it doesn’t have to feel ashamed to get it,” Miss Moran said.
“Sometimes Lifeline and Vinnies can be too expensive for people, so this gives everyone an opportunity to get come by if they need something.”
The Community Cupboard is one Miss Moran hoped would start conversations about homelessness and those who are living close to the poverty line.
Having experienced homelessness close to 10 times herself, Miss Moran said there were many benefits of an initiative like this.
“I don’t think people realise how close the poverty line is,” she said.
“Because Stanthorpe isn’t like in your face with homelessness, I think people tend to worry about themselves and if it doesn’t affect them, they don’t act on it.”
Despite only starting the cupboard on Sunday, the community’s response to the initiative had been overwhelming.
“It’s been so good; I think we’ve had over 50 or 60 people coming by,” she said.
“It’s somewhere (people) can drop stuff off and feel good about cleaning up but not bad that it’s not getting thrown out.
“I just hope that people understand paying it forward is more important than taking it for yourself.”
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