The Salvation Army’s Steve Spencer, Glenda Gilham (front) and the store’s volunteers.
The Salvation Army’s Steve Spencer, Glenda Gilham (front) and the store’s volunteers. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Winter woollens help those in need

COOLER days and nights are making their way to the Rose City and people are being urged to dig deep to help those less fortunate this winter.

Charities across the city are in need of a helping hand so they can help others.

The Salvation Army's Steve Spencer is hoping to fill the Warwick shop's shelves with winter woollens and other essentials as the mercury starts to drop.

"There is very much a greater need in winter and we are looking for things like blankets, jumpers, sleeping bags and warm clothing," he said.

It is not just the cold temperatures putting pressure on families at this time of year, with Lieutenant Spencer saying financial burdens were a big factor.

"This time of year, people can also be struggling with post-Christmas credit card debt and trying to pay for the things they bought," he said.

"Bills can also cause a lot of stress - especially with power because there is a greater demand for heating as it gets cold - and just the general cost of living."

Although there is a strong need for donations, Lt Spencer asked people to be mindful they donate useful items and not rubbish.

The store volunteers take unusable donations to the dump about once a week.

"Donations are extremely important to us and a lot of our shop sales, which go to help people in the community, are from donated goods," he said.

"The measure is if you wouldn't use it, or you wouldn't buy it, we won't be able to use it.

"We do get stained or broken furniture, broken toys; we can't use them and we aren't a dump."

Anyone who wants to donate goods can do so at the Warwick store in Grafton St.



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