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New collection depot for Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter

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Placemakers Pakuranga manager Sue Kahukore standing next to the their new Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter Collection Depot sign on Pakuranga Highway.

The annual Howick Rotary Blankets 4 Kids 4 Winter appeal is underway and runs for the month of May.

Placemakers Pakuranga has joined the collection depots at the War Memorial Information Centre, Howick Village Optometrist in Picton Street and Grasslands in Moore Street.

Sue Kahukore, manager of Placemakers Pakuranga, said, “I contacted Rotary to volunteer our location for collection and signage after listening to More FM promoting the project and thinking this was such a worthwhile appeal that we wanted Placemakers to be part of it.

“Placemakers works with Howick Rotary on [annual book sale] Bookarama and is involved in a number of community support programmes. We now have signage on the Pakuranga Highway promoting the new depot”.

The blankets collected from the appeal during May get sorted, packaged and then distributed by Howick Rotary to needy families through three charities; Stand Children’s Services, All Saints Anglican Church and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

As this is the fourth year the project has been running and some families are running out of spare blankets, Howick Rotary has set up web site www.howickrotary.org.nz and their Facebook page to accept cash donations. The money collected will be used to purchase blankets to add to those collected.

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