Help Missy Help Ruth's Womens Shelter

Our beautiful Missy really was wise beyond her years.  A couple of years into Missy’s 4 year battle with cancer, she told me that if she did die, she wanted all of her clothes to be given to Ruth’s women’s shelter in Cairns. 

At the time, we both laughed off the notion that cancer even had a chance at taking her away from us and that we would never even need to worry about that.  Missy had been reading an article asking for children’s and teenagers clothes to be donated as the shelter mostly received baby clothes.  The women who seek help from shelters have children of all different ages and the shelter was struggling to provide for these age groups.

In Missy’s final days, she asked me to write a list of who she would like some of her most valuable worldly possessions to given to, and donating all of her clothes to Ruth’s women’s shelter was still on the top of her list.

This school holidays, I would like to invite you all to go through your clothes and linen cupboards and have a good clean out.  Encourage your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephew’s to all have a good look at the clothes they no longer fit or wear and consider donating them to Missy’s clothes drive.

I have some strict guidelines that need to be followed to make Missy’s clothes drive for Ruth’s women’s shelter a success, as both Ruth’s shelter and Strong Mum rely heavily on volunteers, so if you would like to contribute, please take a moment to ready my guidelines below:

PLEASE WASH ALL CLOTHING, WIPE DOWN HAND BAGS AND BACK PACKS

PLEASE THOUGHTFULLY FOLD ALL CLOTHING AND LINEN AND PLACE IN CLEAN BAGS, BOXES, TUBS OR STURDY WORKING CLEAN SUITCASES.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE FACILITIES TO WASH/CLEAN ITEMS PLEASE PLACE A NOTE ON THE BAG/BOX AND I WILL ORGANISE MY VOLUNTEERS TO HELP ME WASH THEM.

IF POSSABLE, PLEASE INCLUDE ONE BRAND NEW, PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEM WITH YOUR CLOTHES/LINEN DONATION

  • Sanitary and period products (pads, tampons, incontinence pads, reusable pads, period-proof underwear, and menstrual cups)
  • Shampoo/conditioner (full size bottles)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • roll on deodorant
  • soap/body wash 
  • brushes, hairbands, headbands
  • tissues, wet wipes, hand sanitizer 

WHAT WE NEED DONATED

  • Girls and boys clothes all ages up to teenage years.
  • Women’s clothes and plus size clothes. 
  • Bra’s and socks. 
  • Brand new shoes
  • Linen: Sheets (all sizes of beds) Pillowcases. Doona’s and blankets. Doona covers. Towels. T towels. Tablecloths. 
  • Handbags and backpacks.
WHAT WE DON’T NEED DONATED
  • Underwear and old shoes. 
  • Toys. 
  • House hold items.
  • Furniture 

Our collection point for the Atherton Tablelands is Prince Cyclery at 5 Eacham Place Malanda, next door to the Malanda Majestic Theatre. If you are in Cairns donations can be taken directly to Ruth’s Women Shelter inside the Raintrees shopping center, Manunda. Please message me through socials if you need help in any way. 

Last donation day is Sunday the 3rd of October.  Delivery day is Wednesday the 6th of October.
For all those who live elsewhere in Australia, please encourage your kids to go through their own clothes, help you do the same, then wash them, fold them, follow our guidelines and kindly donate them to your nearest women’s shelter in Missy’s honor. 
 
Kind attracts kind.
 
Washing and packing up all of Missy’s things will not be easy, however, this was her wish, and that is what we will respectively do.❤
I miss you every second of every day Missy Moo. Everything I do is for you. x
 
Love Laughter and Gratitude,
Anj.