Local charity warms hearts

Local charity Four Reasons Why is warming the hearts and bodies of the less fortunate with their Winter Wear campaign.

The initiative ran for the month of May with community members dropping off donations to five businesses involved – Di Monte Training Solutions, Headspace, The Book Place, Troy Bell’s office and North Gambier Primary School.

The campaign returned to its original format for the first year since COVID-19, accepting used items as well as brand new.

Four Reasons Why community development officer Trudy Shelton said it was a welcome change.

“People resonate with being able to donate second-hand items again and it also gives individuals who perhaps do not have a lot of money to still participate in the campaign,” she said.

“This is the format the campaign gained its popularity in when it was first created in 2016 after I saw there were kids needing to be warmer during winter.

“People connect with donating pre-loved items, they are handy to receive and it alleviates finances in other areas.

“There seems to be more excitement around the initiative, you can noticeably see, hear and feel the increase in support.

“I have been heart-warmed with the thought and the care that has gone into the quality of what people have been donating.

“It has been a real collaborative effort of donors and volunteers, the schools involved and families willing to receive, so it is a real great connectivity happening across different areas which is rewarding to see.”

The Blue Lake Soccer Club is running its own Winter Wear campaign in conjunction with Four Reasons Why and will be accepting donations for the month of June for those who wish to make a donation.

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