(From left) Dawn Locke, Barbara Matthews, Dianna Bate and Margaret Ryan with donated gear.
(From left) Dawn Locke, Barbara Matthews, Dianna Bate and Margaret Ryan with donated gear. Ewan Leighton

Always someone in need

FOR Barbara Matthews there's always someone in need.

The Warwick St Vincent De Paul second in charge said many families around Warwick relied on the generosity of others - and this summer had been no different.

"We're always busy, there's no worry about being busy," Ms Matthews said.

"The Warwick people are very generous, stock is always on hand - we've got enough to keep three shops going.

"Welfare's always ongoing, there's always someone in need."

Heading into autumn and winter, Ms Matthews said she expected trade to pick up even more.

She said the colder months usually saw an increase in welfare cases compared to months when the mercury was higher.

"In winter, we receive plenty of blankets, sometimes we do run a bit short but we get by," she said.

But like all charities, Warwick's St Vincent De Paul has to deal with the rubbish among the quality items.

Mrs Matthews said the organisation relied heavily on donations, but spent a lot of time and money sorting through rubbish dumped at the front of the store.

"We don't like their rubbish but we do like good quality clothes - but we get a lot of rubbish," she said.

"People always need furniture and beds for families and single mothers, so we are always looking for those items.

"Anybody who needs furniture, we always help them."


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