Shining Stars Foundation welcomes volunteers

Shining Stars Foundation co-founders Kylee Bentham and Lyn Townsend run a mobile outreach service providing hot meals, clothing, and blankets to rough sleepers and homeless people around Macarthur, Liverpool and Parramatta. Picture: Simon Bennett
Shining Stars Foundation co-founders Kylee Bentham and Lyn Townsend run a mobile outreach service providing hot meals, clothing, and blankets to rough sleepers and homeless people around Macarthur, Liverpool and Parramatta. Picture: Simon Bennett

Shining Stars Foundation may be new and small but its volunteers have big hearts of gold.

The mobile outreach service provides hot food, swags, groceries, blankets and clothing to rough sleepers, cough surfers and homeless people every second Friday night across Macarthur.

Narellan resident and co-founder Lyn Townsend said she and Kylee Bentham only started the foundation in July and they had plans to expand the service.

“Next year we could like to be able to go out weekly on a Friday and Saturday night,” Ms Townsend said.

The foundation services all over Macarthur, Liverpool and Parramatta and they hope to expand into Fairfield in future.

Shining Stars has also been donated a van to make it easier for volunteers to transport the food and clothing.

“All our donations come from the community,” Ms Townsend said.

“We live in a generous community here, we are lucky.

“We have 20 volunteers who cook meals and sort our donations of blankets, clothes and groceries.

“We would not be where we are today without our dedicated volunteers.”

Ms Townsend said the foundation always encouraged and welcomed more volunteers.

The foundation has also launched its Christmas food appeal and the volunteers will sort the grocery donations into hampers.

“I have a passion to help people,” Ms Townsend said.

“I had a good life growing up and I feel for people who have not had a good life or have been able to enjoy luxuries. Some people can barely afford rent let alone food. It is heartbreaking to hear their stories”

She said issues around mental health, domestic violence, sickness, drugs and alcohol could lead people to homelessness.

The foundation completely relies on community donations and receives no funding.

Ms Townsend said would like the foundation to receive funding in the future.

“Our ideal goal is to own our own shop front and outreach service so we can provide people with a range of services,” she said.

For more information, visit: Shining Stars Foundation Street Outreach Service on Facebook.

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