Mak­ing blan­ket call for do­na­tions

OR­GAN­IS­ERS CALL FOR MORE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

Guardian Fu­ner­als Minch­in­bury, in con­junc­tion with the Sal­va­tion Army, is call­ing for do­na­tions in its first blan­ket ap­peal.

GUARDIAN Fu­ner­als Minch­in­bury, in con­junc­tion with the Sal­va­tion Army, has called for blan­ket do­na­tions in its first blan­ket ap­peal.

All the blan­kets do­nated will be given to the Sal­va­tion Army to be dis­trib­uted to those most in need.

For each blan­ket do­nated, the fu­neral home has pledged to match it with a brand-new blan­ket.

So far the ap­peal has raised 40 blan­kets, but Guardian Fu­ner­als Minch­in­bury lo­ca­tion man­ager Fiona Boulous said she was hop­ing for a lot more

Ms Boulous said. “Even 70 or 80 (do­na­tions), that’s a start. That would be 150 by the time we match it,” Ms Boulous said.

Ms Boulous said the idea to col­lect blan­kets stemmed from the home’s in­ter­ac­tions with ev­ery­day peo­ple.

“We see a lot of fam­i­lies ev­ery day,” she said.

“They’re all in dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances. We see the need and it’s to help the com­mu­nity.

“It’s been bit­ter the last cou­ple of days, and you think to be home­less it would be ter­ri­ble.”

Guardian Fu­ner­als re­gional man­ager Mark Beach said ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments was dan­ger­ous.

“When tem­per­a­tures drop down into sin­gle dig­its, it isn’t only un­com­fort­able, it’s dan­ger­ous for any­one who is ex­posed to the el­e­ments for too long,” Mr Beach said.

Cap­tain Wil­liam Gera­cia of Black­town Sal­va­tion Army said he was im­pressed with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s de­ci­sion to give back to the com­mu­nity.

“Any time some­body takes the ini­tia­tive to give back to their com­mu­nity I think it’s fan­tas­tic,” Capt Gera­cia said.

“Es­pe­cially Guardian Fu­ner­als – they’re a re­ally big name.

“There are peo­ple out there that are sleep­ing on the street or in fa­cil­i­ties that have no heat or in homes where they can’t af­ford to put the heat on. It goes a long way for them.”

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

Capt Wil­liam Gera­cia from The Sal­va­tion Army and Guardian Fu­ner­als’ Fiona Boulous need blan­kets.

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