Close-knit community: Kerry Wallis co-ordinates the Busy Hands, Warm Hearts concept and is seen here with some of their handiwork.
Close-knit community: Kerry Wallis co-ordinates the Busy Hands, Warm Hearts concept and is seen here with some of their handiwork. Trevor Veale

Samaritan army knit up a storm

A SMALL army of good samaritans is making winter more bearable for needy families on the Coffs Coast.

For several years now, kind-hearted residents have been dropping in knitted woollen squares to the Coffs Coast Advocate office so they can be sewn into blankets.

Woolgoolga’s Kerry Wallis co-ordinates the Busy Hands, Warm Hearts project and she’s thrilled with the generosity shown by so many locals.

One woman even brought in a 60-gallon tub full of squares.

“I would say last year alone we would have done 80 blankets,” Ms Wallis said.

“I just hope it makes somebody’s life a little bit more comfortable and we also want them to know that somebody cares.

“We have also been knitting beanies and hand warmers to try and keep the body warm.”

Once the blankets are completed they are then dropped into a number of welfare agencies in our city including the Salvation Army, Coffs Harbour’s crisis accommodation service, LifeHouse Care and the women’s refuge.

Ms Wallis says she considers herself lucky because she has never gone without a meal or been cold, unlike others in the community.

That is what drives her and her wonderful band of helpers to continue their good work year-round.

“I would really like to thank all these people. They are unsung heroes,” Ms Wallis said.

“I could never have produced that many blankets on my own. It’s a real co-operative effort.”

If you can help the Busy Hands, Warm Hearts crew, contact Kerry Wallis on 0400 395 212 or email her at busyhandswarmhearts@gmail.com.



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