The Tindall Foundation has recently teamed up with The Warehouse Ltd and our Christchurch partners to supply over 1500 mink blankets and snuggle sacks to make sure that older people, children and residents of low income households keep warm this winter.
Even though it has been well over a year since the February earthquake, Cantabrians still need our support. With many living in cold, damaged and draughty houses, the need for additional warmth was evident. The Warehouse generously supplied the blankets at cost and swift distribution was arranged through our seven Christchurch Faith Funding Managers. The whole operation was coordination by Bede Martin, the local project manager we share with Todd Foundation.
Here are some of the many messages of thanks that we have received:
'My client's two pre-school sons said "Thank you lots for the blankies". I said, they were special ones that make you stay in bed all night. When I left they had tucked the stuffed toys to bed'.- Alannah Winters from Christchurch Methodist Mission
'We had allocated most of the blankets received by the end of the day they arrived. One Kaiapoi family of seven who have recently had to move back into their red-zoned house and facing real hardship were particularly grateful as their home is very cold and draughty'. - Penny Taylor from Presbyterian Support
"I see the donation as not just a blanket but a reassuring hug letting us know you all care". Mother of two primary school children, member of Waltham Community Cottage.
Dave, TTF's Projects and Strategy Manager (left) with staff at earthquake-damaged Presbyterian Support, Christchurch