Charities keeping Toowoomba families warm in winter
STRUGGLING Toowoomba families facing a tough winter will be a little warmer this year thanks to a large donation of clothes through GIVIT.
The national online charity has helped provide more than 150 items of new clothing to METRO Care Toowoomba as the organisation prepares for an increase in demand.
METRO Care, a not-for-profit charity, aims to provide quality clothes for hundreds of families and individuals struggling to stay warm during the Garden City's notoriously cold winter nights.
Winter is a precarious time for homeless people sleeping on Toowoomba's streets, families living below the poverty line, or new arrivals who often come from warmer climates and do not have the financial resources to buy warm clothing and bedding.
METRO Care's Manager Matt Gregg said GIVIT's donation was a generous start but more quality donations were needed.
"To have a large donation of brand new clothes like this is just a fantastic way to get the ball rolling as we gather donations for winter," Mr Gregg said.
"We always see an increase in demand for clothes in winter and it makes sense to start preparing now.
"Over the years we've received some really high quality donations through GIVIT including clothes, shoes, hygiene products and even a large second-hand fridge that was donated by a Toowoomba local.
"We've had some pretty warm days over the past month but the cold weather is just around the corner and we'd love it if the good people of Toowoomba would open their hearts to each other once again. Winter is coming."
GIVIT's engagement coordinator Kayla Brereton is urging more Toowoomba charities and donors to take advantage of GIVIT's free service.
GIVIT works with more than 1800 charities nation-wide, ranging from major charities to smaller community groups and neighbourhood centres, to connect those who need with those willing to give.
Toowoomba residents with good quality used or new items to donate are encouraged to upload photos of those items at givit.org.au for local charities to see and reserve.
METRO Care can be contacted on 4631 5822.