Karridale Primary 'Recess for Rugs' helps winter blanket drive

Little legends: Abdulloh, Ella, Aurora (back row) and Rosette, Annysha, Stevie (front row) from Karridale Primary School. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Little legends: Abdulloh, Ella, Aurora (back row) and Rosette, Annysha, Stevie (front row) from Karridale Primary School. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Students from Karridale Primary School have contributed to the Margaret River Community Centre’s Winter Blanket Appeal this month.

The school’s ‘Rugs for Recess’ fundraiser saw students offering cupcakes, muffins and steaming cups of Milo for sale during recess to warm their classmates as the winter chill set in.

School chaplain Sharon Doyle said the students were keen to help the annual winter blanket drive, which calls for donations of winter items such as rugs, scarves and beanies for members of the community who need a helping hand.

“The kids really got behind the idea of the Rugs for Recess fundraiser and we had a lot of success, raising $250 for the blanket drive,” Ms Doyle said.

“This will be used to purchase twenty five much needed blankets for the appeal, helping people in our very own community who need a little bit of help staying warm this winter,” she said.

The centre’s annual Winter Blanket Drive aims to collect as many good condition blankets, beanies and warm scarves to be donated and distributed to locals in need.

Margaret River Community Centre chairperson Sally Hays said most households had at least one or two items that could be spared over winter. 

“As you dig out your winter doonas and blankets and stock up your wood piles, spare a thought for those that are less fortunate and struggling with the cold,” Ms Hays said.

“Any surplus warms from your linen cupboard would be much appreciated.”

Donations have already been received including knitted baby rugs and ex-accommodation house linen, while a growing number of knitters are working on beanies. 

“Single flannel sheets can be sewn up as sleeping bag liners which provide extra warmth plus are quicker to wash and dry” said Ms Hays.

The Winter Blanket Drive is still on and people with items to donate can drop off to the Margaret River Community Centre office (off Tunbridge St) between 9am and 1pm, Mondays to Fridays.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/margaretrivercommunitycentre/

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