Saturday, February 17, 2018

West Welcome Wagon Working Bee

This morning I went to the WWW warehouse to help in a working bee-usually sorting donations.
My trip of about 8 minutes stretched to 20 as I sat at the Rail crossing on Somerville Rd.
There are no boom gates just the bells and lights. But the car in front of me  got fed up with waiting and turned against a red arrow and the lights, to cross the line.
Just as he crossed the line the Freight train that had been stationary back on our left, gave a hoot. I bet he jumped!!
We then had to wait as it stopped across the road as well !
looks like we are out bush!
the suburban crossing!
The slow ride!
But I arrived at the Warehouse, a storage unit in the industrial estate.
Along wth 4 other volunteers we sorted bags for a new referral asylum seeker family of 8 children and their parents from Myanmar. We sorted bed linen, doona, pillows, towels, food, some Welcome to Melbourne gift bags  that a local school and put together and decorated for kids. As well they have some furniture going but will have a visit later to see what they need.
We had their ages 3-14 and names but could work out the sex!
sorting it out.
A mixed box of stuff 
 I was working beside a woman who said "sorry I always talk to myself"
" A bag of something here'"
"size 8 yes OK"
"now these are the same " etc
I attempted to engage her in conversation to cut the commentary, but she stopped doing things when she talked!!!
After that I sorted soap from packs of 8 to smaller packs of 2 that will go in Hampers later this month. The Back to School packs went out at start of the year .
I also sorted nappies! These are from the nappy exchange. Where parents donate part used packs of nappies they no longer need or have grown out of the size. I packed 10 packs of 18 nappies!
A box full 
my finished packs 
 The warehouse is full at the moment.
 Just imagine when all this was in people's spare rooms!!
Children clothes
White goods
Food and cleaning stuff 

1 comment:

Cecilia Meehan said...

What a wonderful thing to be doing- and how it has all grown.

Perhaps go back and edit the beginning a bit for some interesting typos. :)

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