If you think you’re cold imagine it with no coat

May 16, 2018

Winter coat drive. Geoff Sands, Barb Sands, Julie Langdon Sands, Zac Rymer. (front row) Bailey Norton, Sadie Norton and Mya Norton. Photo by Luke Hemer.

OUR recent cold snap reminded everyone that winter is coming.

Which is fine if you can sink deeper into your new coat, or snuggle beneath that winter doona.

But if you are feeling our shorter, darker days and longer, colder nights are hard, just imagine taking them on with no coat, no doona, not even good wool blankets.

Winter would no longer mean football, comfortable nights in front of the fire and retreating to bed and that favourite cover.

The fifth annual Echuca-Moama Community Winter Coat and Blanket Drive is ready to kick off, providing invaluable support to people in our community by providing some much-needed winter warmth.

The drive is seeking donations of clean, unwanted coats, doonas, blankets, beanies and scarves.

Drive co-ordinator Julie Langdon Sands said a lot of local people were struggling and winter made their lives harder if they haven’t got blankets and coats.

“We give away more than 500 coats each year. Every year the need gets bigger,” she said.

“Winter can be a tough time for some residents with escalating power prices drawing on already-strained incomes and then they are faced with trying to further manage the cost of heating their homes during the winter period.

“So if you are cleaning out your linen press, the kids have outgrown their jackets or you are looking to upgrade this year’s coat, please consider donating to our annual drive and support your local community.”

Echuca-Moama Community Winter Coat and Blanket Drive collects right through May, with many local businesses doubling as public drop off points.

Four weekly distributions will be held at St Mary’s Parish Hall (next to Aldi) on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10am to 2pm for people to collect items.

Ms Sands said anyone needing some winter items was invited to come down and accept the generosity of the Echuca-Moama community.

“There will be free coffee on the day and Beechworth Bakery will be donating some slices,” she said.

“We understand that everyone’s situation is personal, so there are no criteria. People are welcome to come and take what they want.”

■ Public drop off locations this year are the Riverine Herald, Echuca Neighbourhood House, Echuca Regional Library, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Echuca Moama Family Medical Practice (at both addresses) and Echuca Primary School (208).

■ Further details from Julie Langdon Sands on 0418 120 133 or

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