Cur­tain bank brings warmth to fam­i­lies

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More than 50 Porirua fam­i­lies will be warmer af­ter re­ceiv­ing free, lined cur­tains for their homes from the Welling­ton Cur­tain Bank.

Run by Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust, the cur­tain bank pro­vides the free ser­vice for com­mu­nity ser­vice card hold­ers. The cur­tains are up­cy­cled from do­nated cur­tains and fab­ric and made to mea­sure for each fam­ily.

Af­ter a Cur­tain Bank drive at Porirua Whanau Cen­tre in March, 53 fam­i­lies put in or­ders for cur­tains for their liv­ing rooms, and for their bed­rooms if there were chil­dren, el­derly or peo­ple with health is­sues.

Ch­eryl­lynn John­son from Taka­puwahia picked her cur­tains up last week, for the home she shares with her daugh­ter, 23.

‘‘I’m rapt about get­ting the cur­tains. It’s freez­ing in my house. I’ve got a large liv­ing room with win­dows all along one side, so it’s shock­ingly cold.’’

John­son said she had to take her old cur­tains down be­cause they were fall­ing apart and as she had health is­sues the new cur­tains were much ap­pre­ci­ated and needed.

Pas­ca­line Philipo got cur­tains for her Wai­tan­girua home, in which she and eight oth­ers live. It is so cold she’s been us­ing a hot wa­ter bot­tle to stay warm.

Tu Ngatupuna lives in a Hous­ing NZ prop­erty with her hus­band, brother-in-law and 13-yearold grand­daugh­ter and is mak­ing a big ef­fort to keep the whole fam­ily healthy.

The liv­ing room has a wood­burner, but it only has net cur­tains hung on a wire to keep in the heat.

The fam­ily some­times sleeps in the liv­ing room be­cause the bed­rooms are too cold, but Ngatupuna said she was hop­ing the lined cur­tains would warm the house up.

Cur­tain Bank co-or­di­na­tor Lyn­ley Wil­son said the lined cur­tains would help cre­ate warmer, drier, health­ier homes.

‘‘It gives peo­ple that have cold homes, but no money to im­prove them, a small ac­tion to take. It em­pow­ers them to make their homes a bit bet­ter for their fam­i­lies.’’

The Welling­ton Cur­tain Bank has sup­plied free lined win­dow cov­ers to Porirua houses.

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