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WOOLLY HAT WEEK
Regular writer Shirley McHugh repor ts on an initiative to
assist the homeless as winter approaches.
By now, all our clocks have returned to Easter n Standard
Time. Leaves are carpeting our streets and parks and there
is a crispness in the air. It's time to pull out our woollies
-- jumpers, scar ves, beanies, socks, coats -- even fur-lined
gloves if you live up round Dungog way! As you wade
through your winter gear in the next couple of weeks,
spare a thought for the homeless and consider as you sor t
your clothes : Do I really need this vest, this jumper? How
oftendoIwearit, orisitjustputbyfor a rainydayand
maybe only wor n twice a season? How many beanies do I
need? I can't wear them all at once! And that skirt or those
tr ack pants or the flannelette shir t? What about those
things just taking up space, maybe just attracting moths? !
Seriously, why are you keeping more than you can
reasonably wear? It is comfor ting to 'be prepar ed', but
spare a thought for those people who live rough. Spare
a thought this season for those who have really fallen on
tough times and just can't afford to feel comfor table or
secure. Spare a thought for the children who really suffer
from not having enough war m clothes to wear, and for the
aged whose resources are very limited.
Wednesday, 4 June, will mark the beginning of a series of
events to assist the homeless. A group of Minmi ladies-
who-knit makes woolly hats and blankets to be sold during
Woolly Hat Week. It's hoped that people will wear their
woolly hats to work, to play, any and everywhere, in much
the same way as people wear ribbons for Breast Cancer
Week. CatholicCare Social Ser vices , the St Vincent de
Paul Society, the Samaritans, Compass and other s have
joined with Hunter Homeless Connect Inc to launch
"Woolly Hat Week", culminating in Hunter Homeless
Connect Day on 14 August at PCYC, Broadmeadow.
Leave your clothes, blankets and so on at Vinnies, 4 Chur ch
Street, Mayfield. They will take anything you care to give,
par ticularly for winter. They will distribute your clothes to
those people in need. On 14 August, Hunter Homeless
will host a day when needy people can r eceive legal
assistance, have their hair cut or styled, have vaccinations
and health checks , look at affordable accommodation and
receive suppor t for families; as well as any number of other
things that can assist in restoring dignity and encour age a
sense of well-being to those whose lives have nose-dived.
It's also an attempt to help people to re-enter society,
to help them feel valued and included, instead of being
This is a chance for ever yone to give away what you no
longer need to those in need.
To learn more, or to have donated goods collected,
please P St Vincent de Paul's Lorraine McGuigan 0414
832 340, E email@example.com or
visit w w w.hunterhomelessconnect.org.au.
Miniature knitted beanies for Woolly Hat Week.
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