HELPING HANDS: Ian and Chris Robin at their free clothing van.
HELPING HANDS: Ian and Chris Robin at their free clothing van. Liana Walker

Van with a plan: free clothes for those in need

CHRIS and Ian Robin's newest venture is providing struggling families with free clothing.

They have decked out an old caravan with rails full of clothing for all ages, along with benches of shoes and accessories.

"It's six items per person per family member, up to four family members,” Mrs Robin said.

"They can come each week if they wish, but usually the six will hold them over for a couple of months and they can come back again.”

In the opening week, three families stopped in at the van.

"They were quiet surprised. They thought it was wonderful,” Mr Robin said.

The van currently holds around a 10th of the items the couple have already had donated, however they are always looking for more.

"This is one way we can just help the budget by giving them something new for them to wear,” Mrs Robin said.

"It's to help the community, but it's also to recycle clothes. We don't want anything to go into landfill.”

The van is open on Wednesdays from 9.30am-noon however anyone in need who cannot make it at that time can arrange a pick-up.

FREE CLOTHING

When: Wednesdays, 9.30am-noon

Where: 19 Church Rd, The Summit

Contact: 0416 169 032

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