Wool­lies team has ap­peal all wrapped up

Town ral­lies to help keep needy warm

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Gen­er­ous church-go­ers are mak­ing sure peo­ple in need stay warm this win­ter thanks to a Sal­va­tion Army ap­peal.

For the third year in a row, the Pais­ley church has run a Win­ter Wool­lies ap­peal ask­ing peo­ple to do­nate hats, scarves, gloves and socks.

And they were bowled over by the gen­eros­ity of fel­low church­go­ers, groups who use the Mill Street church hall and even Pais­ley’s own foot­ball club.

Su­san Niven is the con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber who or­gan­ises the ap­peal.

She said: “We had a small piece in the Pais­ley Daily Ex­press about the ap­peal last month and St Mir­ren got in touch with me and of­fered 15 bench jack­ets.

“It was very gen­er­ous of them, they were brand new and still in the pack­ag­ing.

“They’re really warm jack­ets and cer­tainly show­er­proof. It was very kind.”

Su­san said a lot of the con­gre­ga­tion also use their knit­ting tal­ents for the Win­ter Woolies ap­peal.

“One of the food­bank vol­un­teers asked for wool and I’m a knit­ter, so I gave her some.

“The next thing, we got hats and scarves handed back in the same wool.

“Peo­ple are tak­ing the time and us­ing their skills to make things, which is lovely.”

Su­san started this year’s ap­peal at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber and put posters up around the Mill Street church hall and spread the word around the groups that use the hall, like Rockus Com­mu­nity Choir and a line danc­ing group.

Ren­frew­shire Food­bank and Bar­rhead Food­bank also got in­volved, with vol­un­teers hand­ing in lots of hats, scarves, gloves and socks.

And now that the col­lec­tion has fin­ished, Su­san is in the process of dis­tribut­ing the moun­tain of warm woolly goods.

She ex­plained: “We have a break­fast club in the hall ev­ery Fri­day morn­ing for any­one who’s in need to come along and get a hot break­fast.

“Although they’re not all home­less, a lot of those at­tend­ing are not in a po­si­tion to pay huge heat­ing bills, so this is quite good for them.

“We’ve been in touch with Pais­ley Street Pas­tors and they’re go­ing to give them out as they’re go­ing around Pais­ley and see peo­ple in need.

“We’ve also given some things to Glas­gow Street Pas­tors as well.”

She added: “I like to do it be­cause peo­ple are gen­er­ous, es­pe­cially at this time of year.

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Wel­come gift Su­san col­lects the St Mir­ren jack­ets from Stephen Gal­lagher

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