The Manawatu Curtain Bank, which lends curtains to low-income families in a bid to warm cold homes, is re-opening next week.
The facility, run by the Palmerston North branch of the Red Cross in conjunction with MidCentral Health and Energy Smart, opened for the first time late last year and closed in November for the summer.
Red Cross branch liaison Ann Atkinson said at the weekend the curtain bank would open again on March 12, during the Red Cross's annual appeal week. "It will be open from March through to November this year, and it will be open on Wednesday and Friday to people with appointments to collect curtains."
She said the service had helped "a couple of dozen" people in the brief period it had been open last year. "It wasn't open very long and we're just getting established. It takes a while to get into high gear.
"We're modelling ourselves on Wellington's curtain bank, which has been running for a few years, and they have a very large in and out."
Whereas previously the curtain bank served only clients who were referred by an agency, the service was now also available to holders of a community services card.
The Red Cross was still looking for suitable donations.
Mrs Atkinson said borrowers needed to provide measurements using a form they could obtain either at the referral agency or the Red Cross office.
Donations can be left at Energy Smart at 479 Rangitikei St or at the Red Cross at 245 Main St. Collection can be arranged by phoning Red Cross on 06 356 8152.
Those interested in volunteering to help sorting, cleaning and mending curtains should phone Kandace Humphries on 06 356 8152.
- Manawatu Standard
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