Friday, 07 August 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Winter care packs provided to Whitianga seniors

Winter care packs containing, food, heaters and other items to help ease the burden for some of our senior citizens over the colder months were distributed on Friday last week by the Whitianga Community Services Trust (Whitianga Social Services).

Social Services Community Programme Coordinator, Stacey Cullen, said 15 packs were purchased using funding received by the trust from the Sky City Foundation for COVID-19 relief. “Winter is a difficult time for many in our community as the cold weather often results in people making choices between having the heater on or spending on food and other essentials,” she said. “These packs will hopefully ease some of that pressure.”

Most of the recipients are individuals who are regularly in contact with and supported by Whitianga Social Services.

“We also reached out to other community agencies and the doctors in Whitianga to let them know that the packs were available if they knew of any other people who would benefit,” Stacey said. “Then we talked to each person to discuss which items they would like and what would be of most benefit to them.”

The full pack consists of a small fan heater, two wool blankets, hot water bottles, an umbrella, two pairs of winter socks, a clothes drying rack, a meat pack (part sponsored by Whitianga Butchery) and a food pack containing a mixture of fresh and frozen items, as well as pantry staples.

Stacey said in general requests for assistance were slightly higher than normal in recent weeks, which she attributed mainly to the onset of cold weather, rather than any impact resulting from COVD-19. “We have had a few people who have lost jobs, but mostly it has been due to winter,” she said. “We hope that, by providing some items, we will enable people to be able to save a little bit more money to spend on other things like heating their homes or warm clothing.”

Pictured: Stacey among some of the winter care packs before they were distributed on Friday.

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