Cold snap sees urgent need for more blankets

IT couldn't really have come at a worse time.

As Coffs Harbour experienced its coldest overnight low in four years, charity organisations have revealed they are struggling to give a bit of warmth to those people in our community in need of some help.

Community Service Manager for the Coffs Harbour Salvation Army, Dianne Walters said they were experiencing a shortage of blankets, and they were not the only ones.

"We have sold out of blankets at the shop, and I've been talking to someone at LifeHouse Care who also said they had none," she said.

"We had people come into our Community centre this morning to warm up with a cup of coffee.

"They had been sleeping at the beach last night and said they were freezing.

"I hope they're okay tonight. We've managed to give people blankets so far, but now I'm panicking it's terrible to have to say no, but you can't snap it out of thin air."

Co-ordinator for LifeHouse Care, Carol Sleep said it has also been a difficult winter for them, and they were finding it harder and harder to get blankets for their various charitable undertakings in the area.

"On Friday we helped a couple to move into a flat by giving them some furniture, but there were no blankets we had to penny pinch from our own cupboards," she said.

"We had a similar situation with a family who had a couple of children.

"They got into accomodation at a caravan park, but we had no blankets to give them."

Carol is urging people from the community to donate blankets, doonas, sleeping bags, tents, and even wool to the shop or Care House to be distributed.

"We have ladies that will knit blankets for us, but they are out of wool," she said.

"Anything is better than nothing."

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