Knitters need more wool as winter hangs on
Families which can’t afford heating and the homeless were so touched when the Salvation Army’s team of knitters made hot water bottle covers for them, they cried.
Even though it is now officially spring, the volunteer knitters and sewers need more wool and fabric to keep making woollies for Hamilton residents who have to huddle together at night for warmth.
Salvation Army Midland region spokeswoman Kay Worth said it was crucial they continued making as many warm items as possible because thousands of residents remained without heating.
In a Salvation Army commissioned survey of 1000 Kiwis, almost half said they had no heating at home while 10 per cent said they used an oven or stove to heat their houses last winter.
It found the number of New Zealand households where residents were having difficulty keeping warm had increased from three out of every 10 homes in 2015 to almost half.
A Salvation Army manager, Jono Bell, said conventional heating was often the first basic need to go when money was tight.
“Families will often sleep together in the lounge to share heat, leaving the oven door open,” he said.
The Warm Up Winter appeal where Salvation Army volunteers knit and sew hot water bottle covers, scarves, gloves and beanies to warm people in the cold months, was an answer to this need.
The group received more than 1000 new hot water bottles and the teams of knitters and sewers had been busy making covers.
“The hot water bottles are a huge hit. The accounts of children going straight to sleep with warm feet are lovely,” Worth said.
On average, scarves, beanies and other items can be made in three hours, but the balls of wool are disappearing fast.
“Our aim is to have items that cater to everyone’s needs. They are neither age or genderspecific, just give our people in need warmth.”
■ To donate wool or fabric contact Kay Worth at the Salvation Army; phone 07-8392282, or email kay_ email@example.com
Some of the items made by the volunteer knitters to help those in need stay warm.