HELPING HAND: Purple Dove Awareness Group founder Ian Robins along with wife Chris will be donating plenty of winter woollies that the pair accumulated prior to coronavirus, to hand out to those in need this winter.
HELPING HAND: Purple Dove Awareness Group founder Ian Robins along with wife Chris will be donating plenty of winter woollies that the pair accumulated prior to coronavirus, to hand out to those in need this winter.

Charitable organisations call to spread warmth this winter

WHILE we are all experiencing hardship during these times, the need for donations to charitable organisations around our region has never been more critical.

When faced with unexpected circumstances and uncertain times, many people across the region turn to these organisations.

As winter is just around the corner, these organisations are preparing for what they describe as a “challenging time” of year.

“The colder weather is usually accompanied by increased requests for support from struggling families and individuals,” a Darling Downs Lifeline spokesman said.

“The added strain of the Covid-19 pandemic will severely stretch our resources.”

In this time of social distancing, Lifeline is requesting the donation of funds rather than items to their winter appeal, in order to limit movement within the community.

“Every donation will make the world of difference to a person who is really struggling. Every dollar received will support those doing it tough.

“If we work together we can help change the story for many of the most vulnerable in our community.”

The number of people seeking food and support from charitable organisations has increased by 22 per cent in the last 12 months.

That number is only expected to grow as the rate of unemployment rises from the coronavirus pandemic.

As all Salvation Army stores across the Southern Downs won’t be accepting or distributing clothing donations during the pandemic, core officer Richard Hardaker said if you are in need contact 1300 371 288.

“We are not accepting any donations at the moment. That has been a national directive,” he said.

“What we can do however is people who are struggling can give us a call on that number and we will be happy to help them out.”

Like the other charitable organisations, The Summits Purple Dove Awareness Group aren’t accepting clothing donations during this time also.

However, founder Chris Robins said they would have warm clothes for distribution that were donated prior to the spread of coronavirus.

“These jumpers and warm clothes were donated well before the virus and are left over from previous winters that we have had,” she said.

Along with the warm clothes, Ms Robins said non-perishable items would be also be available from the front of their property in The Summit.

“The only problem we are having with supplying food at the moment is we can’t get more than two items of the same thing from the grocery store due to the restrictions.

“That is something we might have to talk to the supermarkets about.”

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