Lifeline Macarthur in desperate need of donations

All donations are used to fund the Lifeline Macarthur 24-hour Crisis Call Centre. Picture: Anna Warr
All donations are used to fund the Lifeline Macarthur 24-hour Crisis Call Centre. Picture: Anna Warr

Do you have any old furniture, homewares, clothing or shoes laying around?

Now is the time to donate them to charity.

Lifeline Macarthur is running “desperately” low on a range of different items including furniture, clothing, homewares, handbags and shoes.

Events and partnerships coordinator Lyndal Bruce said donations had dropped off dramatically in the past few months.

“We’re not sure exactly why people aren’t donating but we are running low across our stores – especially in Narellan,” she said.

“In particular furniture and homewares are running low.

“We are really quite desperate for donations.”

Lifeline Macarthur sells donated goods to fund their 24-hour crisis hotline.

Macarthur crisis call volunteers received 954,246 calls at the centre in the last financial year.

That number was expected to exceed 1,000,000 this year.  

“We are really quite desperate for donations.”

Lifeline Macarthur's Lyndal Bruce

Ms Bruce said the hotline was a vital support service for people in need.

“We have volunteers who man the phones but we also use the funds to pay the people who man the phones overnight,” she said.

“All of the funds raised go back to helping people in our community.

“Every donation can help save lives.”

People can make donations at any of the Lifeline stores across Macarthur and Wollondilly, or at the Smeaton Grange head office.

For large bulky goods, Ms Bruce said Lifeline Macarthur could organise pick-up from people’s homes.

“Just give us a call on 4645 7219 and we can organise for the furniture to be picked up,” she said.

“We also have clothing bins that we can drop to people’s workplaces – that way you don’t have to go out to our stores or clothing bins.

“We have two sizes, 240 litres or 640 litres and all you have to do is call us to pick it up when it’s full.

“No donation is too big or small – every little bit helps.”

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