Winter is just over a month away and the cooler temperatures present a challenge for homeless people in Newcastle and surrounding areas.
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Many homeless people living in cars, sleeping rough or in shelters are vulnerable to serious physical and mental health issues.
The Tea Gardens Red Cross is seeking to provide new warm clothing and rugs to help.
Beanies, scarfs, socks, and rugs (single bed size) are all needed to help keep homeless people warm.
Due to the health risks posed by COVID-19 and for better hygiene, these items must all be new.
If you can assist, please drop off your donations at 6 Settlers Way, Tea Gardens.
From this address the Red Cross is checking and coordinating donations to ensure delivery to those most in need.
Janet Baker,the president of the local Red Cross, also advised NOTA,”The Bush Fire relief is going well and now at the stage where impacted people are starting to rebuild their homes. Safety inspections plans are being submitted to relevant local councils with assistance from the Red Cross.”
Janet added, “For help during these challenging times because of the coronavirus, the Red Cross has set up a COVID Connect service.This is a free social phone call to provide support and community connection for people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19. You can receive a call every day if you wish.”
Locals can register for the COVID Connect service at https://www.redcross.org.au/get-help/community-services/covid-connect
For further information about the Tea Gardens Red Cross, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 733 276.
By Sandra MURRAY