Demand soars in winter chill
THE Warwick Red Cross store has turned to its emergency stockpile of winter stock in Brisbane as the cold weather takes its toll on store supplies.
Team leader Kay Jones said the store was desperate for supplies of blankets and warm clothing to meet demand.
She said the store provided one free item of clothing to anyone in need.
“That's what Red Cross is about,” Ms Jones said.
“The Jumpers and Jazz festival certainly brings in outsiders and this has also increased demand for warmer clothing.”
Lifeline second-in-charge Sue Ward said sourcing enough blankets was always a problem at this time of year, and while they had turned to Toowoomba to meet demand, it was not unusual.
“We are able to cope with the supplies from Toowoomba,” Ms Ward said.
St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers said visitors were often taken by surprise when they experienced Warwick's cold.
Local clothing retailers also recorded an increase in demand.
Curvy Chic owner Alison Harland had noticed a large number of scarves being snapped up.
“I think people want to get in the Jumpers and Jazz theme and I seem to have sold more,” Ms Harland said.The weather outlook:
- Dry south-westerly winds today
- Cool frosty mornings with sub-zero temperatures predicted from Thursday
- Fine and stable weather all week
- Average high temperatures in the late teens predicted for the rest of the week