A GENEROUS donation to Stanthorpe's Community Op Shop and Angels Hosting Angels has assured the region's homeless will stay that extra bit warmer this winter.

After reading the Stanthorpe Border Post's last article calling for street swags for people sleeping rough, Mt Tully woman Lyndal Hill knew she had a way to help.

Mrs Hill, a volunteer social and youth worker in Ipswich, recently donated 24 coats for the homeless distributed by the Australian branch of the Order of Malta Association.

"I just happened to spot the article in the paper and the op shop was crying out for more street swags," she said.

"I didn't have any swags but I had these coats.

"I received a lovely phone call back from Debbie thanking me...but thanks must go to Ipswich City Council for distributing these coats."

The Order of Malta coats are designed to keep people safe, warm and dry during winter.

The coats are black so people can remain inconspicuous, portable and mobile and have secret internal pockets so people can keep their valuables hidden.

Debbie DeHamer from the Stanthorpe Community Op Shop and Angels Hosting Angels (AHA) has already given away three coats to people doing it tough and also has plans to send them out to Texas and Inglewood.

"The recipients have been exceedingly grateful for the donations," she said.

Mrs DeHamer said the shop and AHA have been inundated with offers for donations in recent weeks.

"We've reached people from as far as the Lockyer Valley who have offered to donate jeans, underwear and socks," she said.

"One lady who wishes to remain anonymous donated $100 towards buying more street swags.

"The response has been fantastic."

Mrs DeHamer is in talks with fellow community groups and charities to secure further funding for street swags as winter starts to set in.

Stanthorpe Border Post

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