Help Lifeline Shops provide warmth this winter

Lifeline Shops Sunshine Coast and Caboolture wants to help those in need to rug up this winter and banish the colds and flus brought on by those cutting winds and low temperatures. Lifeline Shops are keen to help prepare for those winter chills by providing ample, good quality blankets for the community to buy at affordable prices.
Lifeline Shops is once again embarking on their annual winter blanket drive and need the community’s help to amass enough blankets to warm the bodies and souls of those doing it tough in our community this winter.
Every winter, the Sunshine Coast community rally to donate their spare blankets to Lifeline and it is amazing to see what people are willing to give.
‘We get a lot of warm doonas, woollen blankets and throw rugs;  it’s surprising what people have in the back of the linen cupboard that is no longer needed,’ said Ian Ezzy, Lifeline Sunshine Coast Business Manager.
In each year the Blanket Drive has been running, there have been many people who sew and knit blankets to donate.
‘It is really heart-warming to see newly knitted or hand crafted blankets in the donation bins and to think of the time and effort people have gone to so that someone else they will never meet can be warm and cosy,’ he said.
There are many on the Coast who just won’t have enough to make ends meet this winter and the Lifeline Shops Sunshine Coast and Caboolture Blanket Drive could help give them warmth while not breaking the bank.
‘We are expecting quite a cold winter and we want to collect as many blankets as possible so we have enough to keep up with demand throughout the winter months.’  Ian said.
‘We also have donation wheelie bins that can be delivered to people’s houses and collected once they have filled them with their unwanted, quality goods or blankets,” he said.
“People use these for moving house or spring cleaning, but they are also a great tool for donating things like blankets,” Ian said.
If you have quality new or pre-loved blankets to donate, please drop them into your local Lifeline Shop or Lifeline donation bin.  Alternatively, you can contact the distribution centres in Kunda Park on 5409 1400 or Caboolture on 5431 4860 to arrange for a donation wheelie bin to be delivered.