Council seeks donations of warm clothing to help families in need

Do you have any spare warm winter jackets, jumpers, boots, hats, scarves or gloves which you no longer need?

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 11:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 11:56 am
Donation points are located throughout the region
Donation points are located throughout the region

Dumfries and Galloway Council, together with project partners, is appealing for donations which will help children and young people of all ages throughout the region.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the council has updated this project for autumn and the fast approaching winter to ensure it can still support as many families as possible during this time. Donations can be made at all of the following locations: Tesco’s Metro store in Stranraer, Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas Primary, Oasis Youth Centre and Summerhill Community Centre in Dumfries, Action for Children in Kelloholm, and Annan Reuse Project.

The council is also continuing to offer a service where parents can complete an application form to be sent a ‘Warm Winter Clothes Pack’ by the end of this month.

Councillor Andy Ferguson, chairman of the Communities Committee, said: “Our Warm Winter Clothes Project highlights Dumfries and Galloway Council’s on-going commitment to helping families who may be struggling throughout the year.

“The previous success of our Free School Uniform Project has shown the amazing generosity of residents within our region.

“We know that this is a time when families might be clearing out their winter clothes from last year and please anything that you no longer need into any of the donation points where our services and partners will be very grateful to receive these supplies.”

Councillor John Martin, vice-chairman of the committee added: “This project will provide an extra boost to families throughout our region by supplying them with warm winter clothes which will take financial pressure from many who are struggling at this time.

“The on-going Covid-19 pandemic is causing so much additional financial pressure at a time when families need to source clothes for their growing children – as such this project fits perfectly and at exactly the right time to help.

“The extra service which we now offer of delivering the items which parents can order via our online survey greatly helps as the orders are delivered straight to their homes.”

For more information visit https://supportdg.dumgal.gov.uk/warmwinterclothes, e-mail [email protected] or call 01387 260243.