Curtain call for the Curtain Bank

JOHN MCKENZIE
Last updated 05:00 01/11/2012
Curtain bank
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Co-ordinator Erika Grant and volunteer Andrea Penrice were among the team who helped ease the winter chill this year.

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Wellington's Curtain Bank will officially close tomorrow, after giving extra warmth to more than 400 families since April.

Run by the Sustainability Trust, the Curtain Bank donated more than 1400 pairs of curtains during ntsGovernte winter.

Curtain Bank co-ordinator Erika Grant said the response from the families who received the curtains had been overwhelming.

''We have people who cry and people who bring in gifts. They are just really grateful.''

Ms Grant said the demand for curtains had grown rapidly, and that Curtain Bank gave away twice as many pairs as it did in 2011. Sometimes 100 pairs were donated in a week.

She attributed the rapid growth to word of mouth, saying once one family had received the curtains, people close to them would find out and apply.

''Families who received curtains would tell others at places such as church, or [word would get out] through friends of friends.

''This year we took the mobile curtain bank to Porirua, Taita, Wainuiomata and Miramar. After that we would get a big influx of orders.''

The Curtain Bank gave curtains to put up in the lounge of the families in need, but would also distribute them to other rooms dhunder special circumstances.

''If someone has an illness, or have children under 12 years old, then we put them in bedrooms, too.''

The bank relied on donations to fill the demand and many people and businesses had continually dropped off curtains over recent months, Ms Grant says.

''Mostly individuals have dropped them off, but we've had a few motels and schools who give donations as well.''

The Curtain Bank closes for this year tomorrow, but more donations are welcome for its reopening in April.

Donations can be dropped to Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, Te Aro; Citizens Advice Bureau Porirua, Level 2, Pember House, 16 Hagley St, Porirua; or Citizens Advice Bureau, Eastern Suburbs, 56 Bay Rd, Kilbirnie.

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