Winter warmth appeal

Rodney Women’s Centre is asking for donations of clean blankets and warm bedding for the annual Give a Kid a Blanket appeal.

The centre in Morpeth Street, Warkworth is a nominated drop-off point for the Auckland-wide scheme, which has been running every winter since 2015.

As well as new and pre-loved blankets, the initiative also collects duvets, sleeping bags, baby sleep sacks, pyjamas, pillows and new hot water bottles, before redistributing them to families in need throughout June and July.

Rodney Women’s Centre manager Colleen Julian says they will be collecting items until mid-July, and will also be taking details of families who would like to receive blankets, too.

The first Give a Kid a Blanket in 2015 had 26 drop-off points and gave out 1273 blankets. By last winter, the scheme was up to 56 drop-off points and 2789 blankets.

Colleen says the women’s centre has plenty of space for any donated blankets and other items, but they would appreciate donations of big plastic bins with “click” lids to store them in before they are collected for redistribution.

In addition, pick-ups are available in the Wellsford area for anyone who is unable to get into Warkworth to drop blankets off – call Kate on 0212 788 881.

Info: Rodney Women’s Centre, phone 09 425 7261.