A selfless group of Macarthur locals took to the streets on Friday night to spend some time with the region’s homeless people.
Narellan resident Sharad Goodfella led several others involved with charity organisation Hearts of Gold through Campbelltown and Liverpool CBD’s to meet with and donate goods to people sleeping rough.
Mr Goodfella said he decided to launch the homeless drive as the weather has been particularly cold during the evenings of late.
He said many of the people they met with were surprised and pleased to have a chat.
“It was really good to just have a conversation with them,” he said.
“These people are human beings and they don’t always get to feel that way.
“The common response when we see a homeless person, and we’ve all done it, is to move away because we think they smell or they look dirty. A little bit of conversation can make all the difference – we had a chat about the NRL and other things.”
Mr Goodfella said lots of the people the group met were living on the streets for similar reasons – they’d just gotten out of a relationship and had nowhere to stay or were down on their luck.
Mr Goodfella and four other Macarthur residents delivered a variety of donated goods to the homeless people.
The call for supplies went out on Hearts of Gold’s Facebook page, and locals were happy to offer sleeping bags, warm clothes, water, food and sanitary products.
“A lot of these homeless people are really savvy about what they need to survive,” he said.
“But saying that, one guy we met didn’t have a sleeping bag, so he was really grateful for us to give him one, and some trackies as well.
“The sandwiches went down a treat and the female sanitary products especially were really appreciated – it’s probably not something that everyone thinks about, but it’s such an important part of everyday life.”
Mr Goodfella said he was “really proud” with how the event turned out and hoped to do many more runs in the future.
“We’ve had lots of enquiries from people looking to donate products,” he said.
“I’ve done runs like this before in Sydney, but now that I’ve seen just how much of a need there is right here in Macarthur, I’d like to do this a lot more often.”