GENEROUS DONATION: Rayleane Griffiths, Justin Lanson and Jason Vella with the washer and dryer donated to WDOP by The Good Guys.
GENEROUS DONATION: Rayleane Griffiths, Justin Lanson and Jason Vella with the washer and dryer donated to WDOP by The Good Guys. Jessica Bahr

Donation to help keep community clean this winter

WITH the chilly temperatures around the region this week, locals are definitely feeling the cold.

For those without a proper home to call their own, winter is particularly challenging.

Western Downs Community Outreach Project (WDOP) is working to help alleviate some of these issues, and their services are set to soar thanks to a laundry and bathroom renovation, along with a brand new washer and dryer donated by The Good Guys Toowoomba.

Jason Vella, project manager at Western Downs Outreach Project, reached out to The Good Guys with a dream to incorporate a free laundry service into the outreach project.

"We would like to thank Good Guys Toowoomba for this donation to those in serious need within our town,” Jason said.

"Providing a laundry service for those suffering homelessness and poverty will ease the pressure from their shoulders allowing them to have clean clothing.”

The laundry facilities will add to the list of services already offered by WDOP including a soup kitchen (operating Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 5-7pm), free bread distribution six days a week and a community lounge offering a television, computers and internet, a microwave, pool table and clean toilets.

The donation comes at a particularly significant time for WDOP, with Homelessness Week taking place from Monday this week.

WDOP has run a series of events throughout the week including the event launch, knitting and social group, and railway station sleepout on Thursday night.

"It's absolutely brilliant timing with Homelessness Week and our renovations,” Mr Vella said.

"The (new machines) will well and truly replace our current machine.”

Justin Lanson, from The Good Guys Toowoomba, said he was thrilled to be able to give back to his community in such an important way.

"This is a wonderful initiative by Western Downs Outreach Project and we are proud to be able to support them by donating a new washer and dryer,” he said.

"We are so pleased to see more of those in need that will be able to access clean clothes every day.”


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