Help give some warmth to those in need this winter

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May 18, 2021

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With the colder months upon us, Uniting Vic.Tas is again calling for your help to bring some comfort to those who need it most.

With the colder months upon us, Uniting Vic.Tas is again calling for your help to bring some comfort to those who need it most.

As part of this year’s Winter Blanket Appeal, we’re appealing to the community to dig deep and donate. Just $29 is enough to buy a new blanket or doona for someone doing it tough in our local community.

With homeless numbers on the rise, the race is on to keep those most vulnerable in our community warm and sheltered this winter.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike said poverty, unaffordable property rents and family violence were among the leading contributors to homelessness.

“This is a time of great uncertainty and we know there are many people in our community who are really struggling,” Ms Pike said.

“With the end of JobKeeper and the reduction in the JobSeeker payment, we’re bracing for a surge in demand and that includes people experiencing homelessness.

“Homelessness isn’t just living on the streets. It could be someone with nowhere to live and having to ‘couch surf’ or a mother and her children fleeing family violence and living in their car.

“We see many people who are lucky enough to have housing but are forced to choose between purchasing food or paying for electricity. It’s the most disadvantaged people in our community who are always hardest hit in the colder months.”

“We’re asking people to contribute what they can. All donations are welcomed and will be appreciated this winter.”

Donations can be made at your local Uniting Vic.Tas emergency relief centre.

Find locations near you.

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