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