TURNBULL Funerals is calling on the community to show their support for those sleeping rough this winter by donating spare blankets.
A major national community initiative encouraging people to warm up the streets, the blanket appeal has returned to Tasmania again this year thanks to a partnership with Colony 47.
Jason Maher, from Turnbull Funerals, said the blanket appeal was a great way to raise awareness of the plight of homelessness, while also supporting the less fortunate.
“As the nights get colder during the harsh winter months, many disadvantaged and homeless Australians are living without winter essentials,” he said.
“Having a comfortable and cosy blanket to keep you warm at night is unfortunately a luxury many people are unable to afford.”
Turnbull Funerals will be collecting blankets at North Hobart until the end of June, with all donations being distributed by Colony 47 to those in the community feeling the cold this winter.
“With the fantastic help of the community last year, more than 2,700 blankets were collected nationally, which meant that thousands of disadvantaged Australians were kept warm,” Mr Maher said.
“This year, we’re hoping to spread the love and increase the number of blankets donated to disadvantaged Australians.
“It’s a big goal, but we know we can count on the generous support of the community to get us across the line.”
According to Homelessness Australia, one in 200 Australians sleep rough each night.
In 2016, there were more than 105,000 homeless people in Australia and nearly 20,000 of these were children under the age of 10-years.
Colony 47 chief executive officer Danny Sutton said that with so many men, women, families and children in need of support, every little bit counted.
“Whether it be new or old, donating a clean spare blanket can make the world of difference to someone in need,” he said.
“Every donation goes a long way to help change a chilly evening into a cosy night.”
Caption: Turnball Funerals funeral director Pia Linardi with a number of blankets donated as part of its winter drive, held in partnership with Colony 47.