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Appeal all stitched up

Written on the 14 June 2017

LOCAL charities and churches are appealing for coats, blankets and scarfs to help the homeless and less fortunate ward off the winter chills.

The non-profit groups have urged residents and businesses to dig deep as the state shivers through its coldest start to winter in 74 years.

Salvation Army major Reno Elms has noticed more homelessness in the Mitcham and Unley areas over the past few years, putting the rise down to more people "gravitating" to the outskirts of the city.

He says as a result, the demand for blankets is higher than in previous years.

"I have three crisis centres waiting on me to provide them blankets," Mr Elms says.

"As soon as we get them they get utilised.

"But we are also after toiletries for people in crisis situations because they can be quite expensive at supermarkets."

Vinnie SA chief executive David Wark says stores, including St Marys, are in need of winter clothing for the less fortunate.

"With this winter starting off particularly cold, demand has been strong and we only have two weeks of winter stock remaining," Mr Wark says.

David Covington-Groth, from The Anglican Church of St Michael in Mitcham, is seeking donations of woollen beanies and scarfs.

"It's been a cold winter so far, so it really does emphasise the need for us to care for those who are vulnerable and in great need," Mr Covington-Groth says.

Red Cross St Marys employee Marlene Mechan says coats are always in demand.

"But we'll accept anything that is in good condition," Ms Mechan says.

"All the money made goes towards people in need, like supplying breakfast for a child."

Scotch College students are working with the Salvation Army to collect blankets for the homeless and less fortunate.

Since the beginning of the month, 30 have been donated at the drop off point at Mitcham Square shopping centre on Belair Rd.

Year 12 student Jade, 17, says it is heart-warming to see shoppers support the cause.

"Sometimes it can be hard to find ways to give to people less fortunate but this is an easy way because everyone has a spare blanket lying around," Jade, of Torrens Park, says.

-- original article by Celeste Villani appeared in HillsValley Weekly, 14 June 2017. Photo: Salvation Army's Major Reno Elms with Scotch College students Jessie, 15, Johana, 15, and Jade, 17, with some of the blankets they have collected through the 'A Blanket Blessing' appeal. CREDIT: BIANCA DE MARCHI

 


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