Imagine bracing the Highlands winter with no adequate gloves, scarves, beanies or blankets.
This is the case for some families and individuals living in the area, but residents can help through the Vinnies Warm Up Winter appeal.
St Vincent de Paul Moss Vale secretary Roz Bolzan said the comfortable lifestyle in the Highlands masked the urgent needs of people in the community.
“We are asking for donations of woollen clothing to distribute to people this winter; not only will it keep someone warm but allows them to put the money they saved towards their rent and household bills,” she said.
“We are also hoping some of our wonderful knitters in the community will hand knit items such as beanies, scarves, jumpers, rugs, etc. There is nothing more heart-warming than to be given a hand knitted garment for a cold winter.”
The appeal began in 2016, and reached about 100 families and individuals in the Highlands.
Ms Bolzan said she hoped to increase the number of people helped this year.
“Homelessness does not discriminate and is often hidden. It can affect young and old, men, women and children,” she said.
“We are familiar with the image of a man sleeping rough on a park bench but there are many others, including families who are sleeping in cars, sheds and on friends’ couches.”
If you are unable to knit, sew or crochet, you can still help the appeal.
“We would be very grateful to receive any new, or pre-loved garments in good condition,” Ms Bolzan said.
Donations can be dropped off at the Vinnies shop, 502a Argyle Street, Moss Vale, until June 2017. Ensure the donations are marked ‘for the Warm Up Winter Appeal’.