Warm thoughts for the win­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By LISA THOMAS

SU­BI­ACO fu­neral home Chip­per Funer­als is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to do­nate their spare blan­kets to help peo­ple in need.

It is the fourth year the com­pany has taken part in the ini­tia­tive with Angli­care WA to help home­less peo­ple around WA stay warm.

Chip­per Funer­als’ Bron­wyn Med­hurst said the com­pany would match do­na­tions blan­ket for blan­ket.

She said it was a small way peo­ple in the western suburbs could help those less for­tu­nate.

“It’s a com­mu­nity-based ini­tia­tive and one that we think is im­por­tant,” she said.

“Not only does it ben­e­fit the per­son re­ceiv­ing the blan­ket, but it’s a nice feel­ing know­ing you are help­ing some­one in need.”

Ms Med­hurst said in pre­vi­ous years Chip­pers had do­nated “truck loads” of blan­kets and hoped this year would be no dif­fer­ent.

“Times are harder and there are more peo­ple need­ing as­sis­tance, so this year we are hop­ing to get more do­na­tions,” she said.

Chip­per Funer­als will be col­lect­ing blan­kets un­til the end of July. All the do­na­tions will be dis­trib­uted by Angli­care WA.

Angli­care WA ex­ec­u­tive of gen­eral mar­ket­ing and part­ner­ships Car­rick Robin­son said the blan­kets would go to­wards peo­ple in need of sup­port.

“Whether it be new or old, do­nat­ing a clean spare blan­ket can make the world of dif­fer­ence to some­one in need,” he said.

“Ev­ery do­na­tion goes a long way to warm up a cold night.

“The ini­tia­tive re­ally puts home­less­ness on the agenda of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and high­lights the value of peo­ple com­ing to­gether to sup­port a good cause.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d455097

Chip­pers Funer­als or­gan­is­ers and con­duc­tors Bron­wyn Med­hurst and Stephen Kum with blan­ket donors Victoria Varelis and Rhys Tay­lor.

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