Winter woolies wanted

JUST one warm jumper could make the world of difference to someone living on the streets.

Vinnies Sale is urging locals to donate just one piece of warm winter clothing to the inaugural Vinnies Winter Warm-Up.

Every winter Vinnies shops experience a shortage of quality winter woollies and when the cold weather hits, many stores struggle to keep up with demand.

Vinnies Sale manager Susan Scott said the shop was currently very low on warm winter clothes.

“Most winter stock is donated in summer so we try to store as much as we can for winter,” Ms Scott said.

“We rely on the generosity of the community to fill our store with quality goods.

“Even donating a single piece will help tremendously for us to provide for those in need.

“We do blanket drives as well, which will be sent to different areas.”

Ms Scott said profits made through the shop each month went to the St Vincent de Paul Regional Council to be distributed locally.

“The more donations we get, the more we can provide for those who need a hand up,” she said.

People making a donation to their local Vinnies shop are encouraged to donate during business hours rather than leaving clothes outside, where they may be exposed to poor weather conditions and potential theft.

Ms Scott said there was also an assistance office open Monday to Friday from 1pm till 3pm, which can provide people with material aid cards, furniture, bedding and mattresses, and referral services for support, debt help and drug and alcohol assistance.

People can phone Welfare Assistance on 5144 5150 to make an appointment, or drop in to Vinnies Sale to use the phone.