A local health care provider has joined forces with Hunter businesses to provide hope and generosity in the community.
Newcastle and Hunter Community Health (NHCH) has seen firsthand the impact that COVID-19 is having on vulnerable residents across the region.
So, the organisation decided to work alongside other local businesses to offer care packs, valued between $60 and $70, to those in need.
The packs include a selection of basic essentials, such as toilet paper, cleaning products, and canned goods.
Managing Director of NHCH, Alison McQueen, said it was vital that the community came together in any way it could to provide support during these challenging times.
“Our team has seen the struggle of local individuals and families as a result of this pandemic,” she said.
“For us, being such a community-focused business, we feel it’s our responsibility to support where we can.
“We just mentioned this in passing to a handful of business owners and they all wanted to get involved as well.
“A lot of people feel like they want to help, but don’t know where to start or how to help the people who need it the most.
“This resulted in eight businesses contributing funds so that we could buy far more care packs than we had originally anticipated.”
Ms McQueen added that many of their clients had to turn to government funding to meet their everyday needs.
“Many of our clients and others in similar situations have found that their informal support networks have broken down during the crisis and the current restrictions,” she said.
“Whereas friends and family might have helped around the home or purchased medicine and groceries on their behalf previously, the lockdown has really made that difficult, so people like our elderly or those with a disability have been forced to become more reliant on government-funded services.”
Ms McQueen hoped the care packages would take away some of the burden on individuals and provide some of the essentials that could be difficult to get otherwise.
She said the items were packed using appropriate hygiene methods and delivered under all the current guidelines set out by the NSW Department of Health.
Local businesses that have put their hand up to get involved include: Hamilton Taggart, Bridges Lake Macquarie, Beyond Boundaries Rehab, Air Extreme Air Conditioning, Kookaburra Educational Resources, Crondo, Impact Roofing Services, and The Marketing GP.