Help to warm up the streets

Helen Whalan from Guardian Funerals in Lidcombe, is asking people to check their cupboards for unused blankets to help change a chilly night into a cosy one by showing their support for the annual St Vincent de Paul blanket appeal.

Story appeared in: Review | May 22nd, 2017

SPARE a thought for those living rough and help 'warm up the streets' by supporting the annual St Vincent de Paul Society blanket appeal.
With the days getting shorter and nights colder, Guardian Funerals Lidcombe is asking everyone to help out.
This is the third year they have acted as a donation point and Guardian Funerals Lidcombe manager Helen Whalan says they are hoping to at least match last year's total of over 1,000 blankets and rugs.
"We all have them sitting in the back of a cupboard," she said.
"It's just a blanket but it can make such a big difference to someone's life."
She says that while many people only see a funeral director after a loved one's life ends, they also want to be able to help people while they are still alive.
"It's just something good to do and it's been so successful," she said.
"We want to be proactive and give to the community.
"And every blanket we get in (from the public), Guardian Funerals also donates a whole new blanket."
According to Homelessness Australia, one in 200 Australians sleep rough each night and nearly 20,000 of the more than 105,000 homeless people in Australia last year, were children aged under 10 years.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO Jack de Groot says that with so many in need of support, every little bit counts.
"Whether it be new or old, donating a clean, spare blanket can make the world of difference to someone in need," he said.
Blankets can be dropped off at Guardian Funerals Lidcombe at 39/49 Joseph Street between 8.30am and 5pm daily.

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