Darren delivers blanket coverage
NEVER be in any doubt what one man can do.
That's what local charities are saying after one good samaritan took time out of his working day to help spread some warmth.
After reading a story in The Advocate on July 17 where local charities were appealing for donations of blankets, Coffs Harbour businessman Darren Moore launched into action.
Taking two days off work from his business, Coffs Coast Window Tinting, Darren went from door to door collecting blankets for those in need.
"When I read about the family with kids who had gotten accommodation, but had no blankets, I thought to myself, 'that could be my own kids'," he said.
And the father of two's hard work certainly paid off.
Darren collected close to 100 blankets from Coffs Harbour residents and businesses, which he then delivered to the Coffs Harbour Salvation Army.
"Most people were good about it, giving a blanket or two and one house gave me four. I think people saw it as a good cause," he said.
Community Service Manager for the Coffs Harbour Salvation Army, Dianne Walters, said she was 'over the moon' with the donation.
"I am very proud of Coffs Harbour," she said.
"The general public have really responded to the appeal."
And Darren was not alone in his generosity.
Residents from St Augustine's Aged Care donated a box of hand-crocheted blankets to the Coffs Harbour Salvation Army, and Ms Walters said local dry cleaners also made a large donation.
Ms Walters said the blankets will be divided up between various charitable organisations in the area, including LifeHouse Care and Coffs Harbour St Vincent De Paul.
As for Mr Moore, the experience has left him with a warm, fuzzy feeling.
"With the response I've had this year, I think I might do it again next year," he said.
Anyone wishing to collect on behalf of the Salvation Army should obtain identification from the organisation, as well as a receipt book for goods in kind.
The Salvation Army advise the public not to make donations to someone claiming to be collecting on behalf of the organisation unless they can produce appropriate identification and a receipt book.
If you would like to make a donation you can either deliver your clothing or goods to a Salvos Store or Family Store near you, or you can arrange a collection by calling the Salvation Army on 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).