Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Blankets 4 Kids a huge success

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Convenor of the Blanket Appeal Bill Charkow with volunteeers from charity Littlemore accepting the blankets for babies.

The Rotary Club of Howick’s Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter annual appeal has highlighted once again the generosity of the Howick community.

Despite the community having already responded generously to those impacted by flooding in January and Cyclone Gabrielle, the babies and children in the wider community will again benefit from that same spirit of caring and generosity.

“From knitters at home, knitting groups, and local businesses, all demonstrated that people really care,” Howick Rotary Club president Madeleine East said.

“Many, who did not have excess, nevertheless purchased new blankets for the appeal in May.”

Around 800 blankets were donated and these have been distributed to four charities – Stand Children’s Services, Half Moon Bay; All Saints Church, Howick; Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Howick and Littlemore, a charity which distributed the donated, hand-knitted blankets to families in need who have babies under one year old.

“Howick Rotary Club is grateful to everyone who gave in one way or another, including tremendous support from the Howick Village Association, local businesses whose premises were drop off points, the East Tamaki Business Network group who raised a substantial amount of money from members which facilitated new blankets being purchased and donated by them,” East said.

“To all who donated to the appeal, the Rotary Club of Howick says thank you. We are proud to have facilitated and delivered blankets once again this year to those most in need.”

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