More than 140 people flocked to Ocean Grove Uniting Church hall in June to watch pre-loved and donated clothing shown off in spectacular fashion.
Ocean Grove UCAF president, Judy Greer, said the church was overwhelmed with the community’s support.
“Well I was absolutely amazed because it wasn’t just the church folk who were there in the audience, there were other fellowship groups as well,” Mrs Greer said.
Attendees generously donated towards the appeal to help families in crisis with food and clothing supplies as well as accommodation.
Alongside the church is an Outreach Centre Opportunity Shop, known to most as ‘The Dove’, which offers quality second hand clothing, books, linen, jewellery, toys and bric-a-brac.
“Clothes come into the shop by donation and we get a really great range of garments,” Mrs Greer said.
“We go through it to pick out what we would wear because if a person can’t afford good clothing, they should still look up to the mark.”
Share’s Winter Appeal is an annual donation drive to help families in crisis with food and clothing supplies as well as accommodation.
“It’s amazing how many people walk through the door from all walks of life and they always say they feel lovely and welcome, clean and fresh and it’s just a buzz all the time,” Mrs Greer said.
Share raises funds to resource UnitingCare and Uniting Church community services in Victoria and Tasmania.
“We see it as a way where we can help people beyond Ocean Grove that are desperately seeking assistance,” Mrs Greer said.
“It’s a reliable fundraising group because it’ll be used for the people who need it most.”
For information on Share or how you can make a charitable donation go to shareappeal.org.au