Mum aims to get city snug

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Af­ter a re­cent visit to Christchurch, Sarah Gold­smith felt com­pelled to do some­thing to help those still re­cov­er­ing from the earthquakes.

‘‘I was shocked to see the dev­as­ta­tion that was still present three years on,’’ she said.

‘‘Then in the plane on the way home, I hap­pened to read a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle that struck a chord with me.’’

The ar­ti­cle was on the New Brighton Blan­ket Bank, an or­gan­i­sa­tion run by vol­un­teers to pro­vide people with blan­kets, du­vets and sleep­ing bags for free.

There was con­cern the bank was run­ning low on sup­plies and would not be able to help ev­ery­one in need this win­ter.

‘‘What I hadn’t re­alised un­til then was that there was still so many people in Christchurch liv­ing in garages, cars and sub­stan­dard hous­ing,’’ said Gold­smith.

‘‘Homes were still un­safe to live in and- or heat, mean­ing that people have no way of keep­ing warm.

‘‘It con­cerns me that three years on, there are still people in these des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions and that if we had known, we could have done some­thing to help.’’

Now de­ter­mined to help, the Mata­mata mother has de­cided to col­lect as many blan­kets as she can to truck to Christchurch.

Mata­mata res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to sup­port her drive, aptly named Snug as a Bug in a Rug, and do­nate any blan­kets, rugs, sleep­ing bags, du­vets or baby blan­kets they have spare.

There will be a collection point at 130 Broad­way ( next to Broad­way Mo­tel on the cor­ner of Vosper St) from 8am to 5pm to­mor­row.

‘‘ This is our help,’’ she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sarah Gold­smith on 021 395 545.

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Snug as a bug in a rug: Mata­mata res­i­dent Sarah Gold­smith is col­lect­ing blan­kets to send to a blan­ket bank in Christchurch.

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