HELPING the homeless has turned into a family affair for the Playfords.
Year 7 Presbyterian Ladies’ College student Beth Playford took the reins from her Year 9 sister Emma, who has turned her attentions to rowing, to run the Buy One More initiative, which collects food for Uniting Care West for the homeless during winter.
Mosman Park IGA has been involved in past years, and Taylor Road IGA recently became a supporter of the cause, with Beth training staff how to best promote it and explain the benefits.
Beth said a small contribution made a big difference.
“You buy one or more non perishable items along with your regular shopping and put it in boxes that are in the store and we come along once a week or whenever it’s full to pick it up,” she said.
She said the family dedicated a room in their house to the collected food ahead of Uniting Care West picking it all up.
Eboni Morrell, from Uniting Care West, said this year was a big push for food.
“We had a jean’s day which was a drive for jackets and coats, but food is what comes and goes very quickly,” she said.
“Food items that are easy to access and require hot water so people that live rough on the streets can access is best.”
Taylor Road IGA is collecting throughout July.