Making blanket call for donations
ORGANISERS CALL FOR MORE
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.”
Capt William Geracia from The Salvation Army and Guardian Funerals’ Fiona Boulous need blankets.