Charities ready with helping hand

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the annual stall at the Coolbellup Community Hub was visited by more than 100 people last year.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Ron Stobie, of Hamilton Hill, said blankets were often the key item people sought for the colder months.

�Even though they are in a tough position, knowing we can help in this minor way to provide a little bit of warmth is amazing to know,� he said.

�I just pray that we have enough blankets for the demand that we will see.

�With our food, we notice that spike in people wanting soups and particularly the chunky-style soups.

�We are constantly running out of these soups over winter and are unable to keep up with the demand.�

St Vincent de Paul Society WA chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said the charity�s call centre was already struggling with demand.

�Sadly, too many West Australians will experience a long, cold and often lonely winter,� he said.

Vinnies launched its 2015 charity appeal last week.

Mr Fitzpatrick said donations would help meet the demand for food and assistance with utility bills and rent.

To donate, visit www.vinnies.org.au.

People can pick up a free blanket, food and receive a free health check at the hub from 11.30am to 2pm.