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Josie's Gift

By Susannah Holmes | May 30, 2017
Nine-year-old Josie Borreye’s goal to warm the homeless this winter, is gaining traction.

Josie says, “I want to get a million blankets (laughs), but to be serious maybe about 500. This started because I want the homeless to feel welcome and happy. So many people are helping, it feels good!”.

In conjunction with Orange Sky Laundry, Josie will distribute a donated blanket to people sleeping rough, to assist in keeping the cold at bay during the winter months ahead on the streets.

Orange Sky Laundry is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless, starting in 2014 in Brisbane. Now with eleven services across Australia, Orange Sky Laundry wash and dry over 6.9 tonnes of laundry every week. Of equal importance is the genuine connection OSL make with those less fortunate, gifting positivity and support.

Nashville State School; Sandgate District State High School; Bracken Ridge State High School; Shorncliffe State School; Bracken Ridge State School and St Kieran’s Primary School are collection points for donations of blankets, beanies and scarves.

Financial donations to the Orange Sky Laundry charity is encouraged online via their website (listed below). Your time is equally valued as a volunteer to support OSL’s services, as a driver, washer/dryer, or conversationalist.

“I want to make a difference to someone because my brother did the Brave Shave and my sister is helping the Syrian Refugees.”

Josie comes from a family of givers. Siarn is eating the rations of a refugee for a week and Jacques shaved for leukaemia. Josie decided she wanted to do something for someone too.

Josie has raised approximately $500 from local businesses. With further donations Josie can increase her support for those in need.

Josie’s Blanket Drive

for the Homeless

Orange Sky Laundry:

Donate blankets, beanies and

scarves to schools named above

For further information, ask for Jacqui Borreye when you phone: 3869 7333