Maddington charity HD Streetwise giving dignity to those in need at Christmas


Sandra Mills, Geraldine Tongue, Pat Cruickshank, Emelita Chang and Shelley Hubon are appealing for help with HD Streetwise’s Christmas hamper appeal.
Sandra Mills, Geraldine Tongue, Pat Cruickshank, Emelita Chang and Shelley Hubon are appealing for help with HD Streetwise’s Christmas hamper appeal.

A MADDINGTON charity is taking to the streets this Christmas to provide some holiday cheer to those who need it.

HD Streetwise is in the process of putting together their Christmas hampers, which will go to homeless people and families in crisis situations throughout the festive season.

Last year, they handed out 99 netted hampers to people living on the streets and 120 hampers to people in halfway houses.

HD Streetwise founder Shelley Hubon said Christmas was an important time to remind the homeless population they were important.

“Christmas is a time for family, it’s an important time when we’re reminded of the love and support we’ve got,” she said.

“For people on the streets, it’s the worst time of year because they’re reminded of what they don’t have.

“It’s about reminding them someone cares, because Christmas is all about caring and giving.”

Ms Hubon said it was important to remember the homeless were people too and deserved to be reminded they were important.

“It’s not only about what we’re providing, we are treating them as human beings because that’s who they are, they’re just as important as you or I,” she said.

“I met an amazing man who used to be an airline engineer, so his intelligence far outweighs mine.

“Their respect and appreciation for what they are given is amazing.”

The charity is packing the hampers on Sunday December 17 and delivering them to halfway houses in the week before Christmas, before taking more hampers to those living on the streets on Christmas Eve.

If you wish to donate items or would like to assist in packing or handing out to the homeless, call 9493 7314 or email hdstreetwise@live.com.au.

All grocery items must be received before Friday December 15.

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