Appeal to help Coffs Harbour's needy
COFFS Coasters are being invited to blanket the city in love.
That's the theme of the Coffs City Mission's Annual Winter Appeal and the call has gone out for locals to donate new blankets, doonas and cash to give comfort to the less-fortunate.
Coffs City Mission CEO Pastor Wayne Magee said many people faced a hard road ahead.
"The launch of the winter appeal is to draw attention to the needs in the society right along the Coffs Coast, which are increasing daily," Mr McGee said.
"It's not just people on the lower end of the spectrum but also in the middle classes who are finding daily living expenses are becoming just too much.
"There is not a lot of employment in the area and if one member of the family loses their job, they can't afford basic necessities.
"In the five years that I have been in the area with Coffs City Mission, we have seen an increase in demand across the board, especially in the last 18 months to two years.
"People that present are in dire straits and in desperate need. Some people even go as far as threatening self-harm and injury, where they don't even want to go on any further and many of them have kids, so we have counselling services and referrals."