UnitingCare Tasmania Chief Executive Lindy O’Neill said she was amazed at the number of jackets, coats, hats, scarves and blankets dropped in to Bendigo Bank branches in Southern Tasmania to support the eight week appeal, which concluded in the middle of last month.
“The number of donated items ran into the thousands,’’ she said.
“Tasmanians have shown once again just how generous they can be when it comes to helping out those in need within their local communities,’’ she said.
And it has not only beensecond-hand items people have found in their cupboards. Some of the donations were actually new coats, parkas, hats, gloves and beanies.
Bendigo Bank State Manager Russ Carrick said the bank was delighted to partner with UnitingCare as a collection point for the appeal.
“I would like to thank our customers and the wider Tasmanian community for generously supporting the drive,’’ he said
“I would also like to thank the wonderful Uniting Care volunteers who have already given out the collected items to those in need.’’
Ms O’Neill thanked Bendigo Bank for its support of the appeal and said she was confident the two groups would join forces again next winter with a possibility that the campaign would be extended to Victoria.
“Without Bendigo Bank’s support this just would not have been possible and we are delighted to have been able to partner with such a community-oriented organisation.’’