Lending a helping hand to the vulnerable members of the community is more important now than ever before.
The Port Macquarie Homeless Awareness Committee is currently holding a travelling roadshow as part of National Homelesssness Week.
The committee has held two events in Wauchope and Port Macquarie, with a further two organised for later in the week in Lake Cathie and Laurieton.
The events are a chance for those who are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless, to connect with service providers and to receive support.
Committee member Lisa Willows said the donated gift cards collected from the community over the past few weeks have been a welcome gift to those who are doing it tough.
"We fed around 50 people in Wauchope on Monday and there was around 100 people at the event in Port Macquarie on Tuesday," she said.
"We always have donated items such as food, clothing and toiletries for people, but the gift cards have given some power back to the more vulnerable people in our community.
"The gift cards allow them to buy something that they need or want. It has been really amazing to see the responses from people."
The gift cards were kindly donated by residents over the past month in preparation for Homelessness Week.
"These events are to make sure people are getting access to the services that they need while also coming together and socialising," Ms Willows said.
The Port Macquarie travelling roadshow event was held at the Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday, with students from MacKillop College helping to cook up a storm for the barbeque breakfast.
Manager of the Hastings Neighbourhood Services Leesa-Rae Harrison also said the event was a way to raise awareness about homelessness in the region.
"The idea behind it was to provide people with options for services and to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness while making sure they have what they need," she said.
The Port Macquarie Homelessness Awareness Committee would like to thank Meltique Beef, Lake Cathie Bakery and Saxbys Soft Drinks for donating food and drinks for the travelling roadshow events.
The committee are also currently running their Surf @ Home Campaign and are encouraging people to sleep on their couch for one night this week to help raise funds.
Locals can donate to the cause online by visiting The Port Macquarie Homelessness Awareness Committee's GoFundMe page.
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