After seeing a real need for clothing for children uplifted from their homes and placed into care with nothing, we had the idea for Helping Families
Helping Families is a way to support local families with some of the essentials required to raise children, so they can thrive and reach their full potential. However it’s not just children who need assistance, so we aim to help anyone who needs it. We believe no family should struggle alone.
In the Nelson/Tasman region we’re fortunate to have a community that is willing to help others in need. We tap into that community spirit by accepting donations of clothing, school uniforms, bedding, toys, books, firewood and car seats, which we can then distribute to those who need it.
We work directly with people in need, as well as community organisations and other charities.
We’re a registered charity (CC55968) and are governed by a board of trustees.
What We Do
We facilitate the receipt of donated goods from the community and distribute them to anyone in need.
Location & Opening hours
452 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
Tuesday 10am – 1pm & Friday 1pm – 3pm (excluding holidays)
We close during school holidays but the pantry and drop-off point remain open
Clothing, School Uniforms, Bedding, Toys, Books, Car Seats and Firewood.
We ensure items available are in good clean condition and do not need repair.
Car seats meet current safety regulations.
Firewood (when available) is dry and untreated.
Partner With Us
You might be an agency or charity involved in similar work and want to explore collaboration
You might be a business, grants body or individual who wants to support our work
Please contact us to begin the conversation
If you have a desire to serve our community, please contact us to find out more about our volunteer opportunities
We are so grateful to the people who make it possible for us to help families in need. You can support us by donating goods, donating money, making special projects happen or volunteering.
Clothes & Shoes
We’ll gladly take any unwanted clothes and shoes of all sizes. They must be clean, in good condition and not need repairing.
We accept school uniforms and usually have them available all year. They must be clean, in good condition and not need repairing.
Toys & Books
Every child delights in having a toy. Books help their literacy development.
They must be in good condition and meet current safety requirements.
If your child has outgrown their car seat then we can use it. However it must have a current certification.
Cots, bed linen and blankets can make such a difference to a family.
They must be in good condition and be safe for use.
Clean dry firewood helps a family stay warm in winter, meaning they live in a healthier environment.
Note: Not always available
Is your business or organisation looking to support a community social enterprise ? Please consider supporting us.
Use the Support Us button to start the conversation
Become a Regular Giver
We’d love to do more in purchasing new items for helping families in need but can only do this if money is available. Please consider setting up a regular donation. Donations are eligible for a tax credit to NZ tax payers.
Every organisation is only as good as the people who make it work. If you have a heart for helping our community plenty contact us to explore the opportunity.
Bags of Rags
Need rags for use around your home or business?
We sell bags (2-3kgs) for $6.50 (inc GST)
You can find us at 452 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
We open on:
Tuesday 10am – 1pm and Friday 1pm – 3pm (excluding public holidays)
We are closed during school holidays, but the pantry and drop-off point remain open
We’re open on Tuesday 10am-1pm and Friday 1pm-3pm at
452 Lower Queen Street, Richmond
021 876 901
NZ Charity CC55968
NZ tax payers can claim a credit for donations to us.
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