Helping to warm homes

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Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt cuts the ribbon to officially open the Invercargill Curtain Bank at the Red Cross' Yarrow St store on Tuesday while Red Cross area council chairwoman Jayne McAllister watches on. Photos: Petrina Wright

A NEW initiative is drawing a close on the cold for Southland families in need this winter.

With support from NZ Post, the Invercargill branch of Red Cross has launched the Invercargill Curtain Bank, providing low income individuals and families with recycled curtains to help insulate their homes, making them warmer and healthier places to live.

“NZ Post have been critical in enabling Red Cross to open the only curtain bank in Southland, from funding to couriering curtains, they have been a huge support to us,” Matthew McCracken, of New Zealand Red Cross, said.

NZ Post was setting up a collection point where members of the public could drop off donated curtains for the initiative.

Invercargill Curtain Bank co-ordinator Carol Jasperse explains the curtain bank concept to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt at the officially opening of the initiative at the Red Cross’ Yarrow St store on Tuesday.

Area service delivery manager Richard MacDonald said they were pleased to support the cause.

“NZ Post is excited to support the Red Cross, making a positive contribution delivering to people in real need.”

Invercargill Curtain Bank co-ordinator Carol Jasperse said the curtain bank would provide curtains for two bedrooms free of charge, but a donation may be required to furnish additional rooms.

She estimated about 120 curtains would be needed annually.

Those in need could contact the curtain bank directly or be referred from other agencies or church groups, Mrs Jasperse said.

Invercargill Curtain Bank, 102 Yarrow St, Invercargill. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-2pm.

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