Give them back some essentials

By Kimberley Price

A SIMPLE part of anyone’s routine is taking a shower.

It’s an essential component to anyone’s day really.

Except for many people within our community who are doing it tough, shower time isn’t an accessible time.

Whether a person may be homeless, camping out or couch surfing, the inaccessibility of a shower and the ability to tidy themselves is a grave concern.

While we’re not supposed to, people do judge a book by its cover.

However, the shower service Echuca Neighbourhood House provides eases this despair.

Utilising the showers located in the Echuca Basketball Stadium across the road from ENH, the staff open their doors on Monday and Thursday officially, though they’ll never knock back a person in need, to offer a chance to freshen up and a bag with all the essential products.

While the donated bags have piled up, ENH are now looking for donations of travel size shampoo, conditioners, soap, deodorants, sanitary products body washes and moisturisers.

“Sometimes people come in with their own things, other times they come in with only the clothes on their back,” ENH coordinator Kris Munro said.

“We give them shower bags full of products for them to use and keep.”

The shower services are used by a varied amount of people in the community who are doing it tough. On average, around 12 people will front up at ENH needing a shower each week. These people are men, women, families and children.

With shower bags specifically catering for women, men and a children’s needs, ENH is hoping the ever-generous Echuca-Moama community can once again purchase an extra few items on their weekly shop and donate some bathroom goods for the less fortunate among us.

“We’re also starting to touch base with small rural primary schools to donate packs for their school camps or to have as spare for their students,” Kris said.

Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off at ENH located at 261 High St, Echuca or at the Riverine Herald office at 28 Percy Street.

Any accommodation businesses wanting to donate large quantities or products can donate them directly to ENH.