History of Hayley's cupboard - one woman's gift!

Haley's cupboard of donated goods

Hayley was a young woman who was inspired to take action, after watching the movie, Schindler’s List.  She used all the money she had left from her wages as a waitress and got together a box of groceries and household items.  Which she donated to St. John’s Crisis Centre.

At the time, St. John’s Crisis Centre did not have any storage space to house all these items until another generous woman donated $500 which was used to buy a storage cupboard and purchase more groceries.  The cupboard was named Hayley’s Cupboard, in honour of Hayley’s kind and generous spirit.

Hayley was not rich, she couldn’t necessarily afford to give her wages away, but she received joy from giving to the less fortunate.

Many other people, including school children, have shared Hayley’s vision. We outgrew the original cupboard space in order to stock all kinds of tinned food and non-perishable packet food such as rice, noodles, pasta, and meals in a tin like spaghetti, baked beans, sausages, tuna, tinned vegetables, soups, powdered milk, coffee, and tea.  We also stock razors, shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet rolls, laundry powder, and household cleaning items, as well as pots, pans, and utensils to assist with setting up a home.

Since those early days, our needs have grown and are still growing, as the numbers of needy families, couples, and single people, plus those who are “sleeping out” increase annually.  We are always needing more of the above, and adding to that blankets, linen, towels, shoes, socks, jeans, and warm clothes for both men and women, in good condition.

We also need new singlets, nappies, and clothes for babies whose mothers’ come to us for assistance.

It may have started as a single cupboard, but the story and generosity of Hayley’s Cupboard are applicable to all of us, at some point in our lives.

We welcome donations for Hayley’s Cupboard.  Please donate using the donation button or contact us if you wish to donate goods.

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St. John’s Crisis Centre is a registered charity

As a registered Charity (and Deductible Gift Recipient), all donations over $2 are tax-deductible, and a receipt is provided.

We need $1000 per day to provide these services to our clients.  Which equates to $380,000 per year to operate.  Although we receive some governance assistance most of the funds we need to operate are from donations and sponsors.