Plea for blankets gets huge, warm response
A call for blankets has been met with an avalanche of warm fuzzies.
Volunteer Claire Anderson of the non-profit Auckland Dream Centre put out a call for blankets to help families through winter.
Mountains of blankets, clothes, food, pillows and even couches have been donated to the Waterview-based centre in response.
Anderson, from Herne Bay, volunteers at the centre because she wants to change Auckland for the better.
‘‘It’s amazing that amount of help we’re getting,’’ she says.
The organisation helps families in need across Auckland. Its Adopt-a-Block programme selects a school as a base to learn the needs of a community and the best way of providing help.
‘‘I wanted to do something that makes a change and this struck home to me as a new way of doing it.’’
Since putting out the call for help on June 14, the Dream Centre has received more than 100 blankets, 4000 food items and mountains of clothing.
However Anderson says this is just the tip of the iceberg.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of donations but we need a lot more,’’ she says. ‘‘The people that know we want help respond really well. There’s just a lot of people that don’t know how they can help.’’
The Auckland Dream Centre has been operating since 2006. Donations are currently going to communities based around Wesley Primary School in Mt Roskill and Onepoto School in Northcote.
‘‘We set up at a school with food, clothing and blankets, then people can come and help themselves,’’ centre director Moira Brown says.
‘‘Kids showing up with no shoes and no lunch is a huge sign that something needs to be done.
‘‘We want to rewrite the Auckland story.’’
Brown says she sees families showing up every day needing a helping hand to get them through.
‘‘It’s not like they’re like that all the time, but there is always a need,’’ the Mt Wellington resident says.
‘‘[Donations] have started building momentum. We’re actively trying to change the community.’’
Visit dreamcentre.org.nz for more information or to make a donation.
Dream Centre director Moira Brown, left, and volunteer Claire Anderson have been inundated with donations.