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Blankets 4 Kids appeal to begin

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Howick Rotarians unloading blankets at All Saints Anglican Church in a previous Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter appeal.

The annual Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter appeal starts in May.

Winter is on its way and the unfortunate truth is that many families in the community will not have enough blankets to keep their kids warm on winter nights.

To assist the plight of these families, Howick Rotary – with the support of the Howick Village Association – will once again commence the collection of blankets and quilts for its Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter appeal through the month of May.

This follows the successful community effort last year when an estimated 2000 blankets were distributed to families in need through Stand Children Services, All Saints Anglican Church and the Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

All three charities were extremely grateful for the blankets they received last year.

Pene Frost, Regional Manager for Stand, said she “was amazed at the results adding that many grandparents have become caregivers in today’s world and they are ill-equipped to provide winter warmth so the blankets we were able to provide from the appeal were a godsend”.

The collection points will again be the Howick Information Centre, Howick Village Optometrist, both in Picton Street, and Grasslands in Moore Street.

Many schools and community groups are also expected to join in again and special collections can be arranged for these groups as needed through the Rotary contact.

Madeleine East, president of Howick Rotary, said, “Following the strong support from the local community last year, the club is hoping for a similar community response this year.”

For more information, contact Bill Charkow 021 663022 or Rob Mouncey 021 413341.

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