SPARE a thought for more than 200 Armidale locals that have spent this winter season homeless on the streets.
The Global Care Armidale Community Carevan launched today and will deliver food to homeless people in the town two nights a week, Tuesday and Friday.
Beverages and small packs of personal items will also be available.
Grant McCarroll of Grant McCarroll motors donated a car and tow bar to the cause.
“We had a car that suited so we gave them that, we just like to do a little bit for the community,” he said.
Carevan coordinator Chris Cole started the project after the success of the first Carevan in Albury.
“One of the charities, Salvation Army, ran a study and found that there was more than 200 homeless people in the area per night,” he said.
“We’re expecting we could get anything from 20 to 50 clients a night, who knows.
“So far we have about 90 volunteers signed up to help out and we welcome more to come along and get involved.
“They have about 300 volunteers registered in Albury, it’s flexible, people can do it one night a month so it’s not a big burden, we don’t want to burn people out, I’m sure we’ll get the same sort of thing.”
Armidale locals have dug deep, one couple made a private donation of $2000, another supplied an urn so that the Carevan can serve hot soup to its clients.
Armidale Regional Council donated a shed that the Carevan will be parked in and a dishwashing machine.
IGA has also come on board as a major sponsor.
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