Charity distributes face masks to Macarthur's homeless

Making a difference: Dignity charity volunteers prepare to hand out P2 face masks in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett
Making a difference: Dignity charity volunteers prepare to hand out P2 face masks in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett

People living on the streets in Macarthur no longer have to worry about breathing in hazardous smoke thanks to a team of volunteers.

Sydney has been plagued with smoke emanating from a serious of devastating bushfires in recent weeks, with air quality reaching dangerous levels.

That's why homelessness charity Dignity have hit the streets to hand-deliver hundreds of P2 face masks to those sleeping rough.

Charity founder Suzanne Hopman said it was important to remember the homeless population during times of poor air quality.

"There are thousands of people across Sydney currently suffering from the bushfires, but many have forgotten about people experiencing homelessness," she said.

Macarthur in smoke. Picture: Simon Bennett

Macarthur in smoke. Picture: Simon Bennett

"Our network is delivering hundreds of P2 face masks to the most vulnerable people.

"Undoubtedly the most effective way to keep safe from air pollution is to stay indoors with the windows and doors closed, but what if you do not have a home or workplace to take shelter in?

"Hopefully the masks that we are supplying will help minimise respiratory issues for those living on the streets and facing hazardous smoke conditions."

Dignity handed out face masks at locations across Sydney's south west, north west and north.

There are 27 Dignity locations across the state, accommodating up to 250 people every night.

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