Edgewater Anaconda store calls for jacket donations to warm homeless

Team leader Helen Lawrence and store manager Carl Benson.        d469712
Team leader Helen Lawrence and store manager Carl Benson.        d469712

AN Edgewater store is urging people to donate old winter jackets to help people who are homeless this winter.

The Anaconda shop has a collection box for people to donate old or unwanted jackets, which it will distribute to people in need across Australia, with brand XTM Performance.

“Old unwanted snow gear will make a world of difference to those who go without,” store manager Carl Benson said.

XTM Performance founder and chief executive Pete Forras said jackets could help people living on the streets.

“A jacket that might be sitting at the back of someone’s closet can make it a little more bearable out there, especially on those really cold and wet nights,” he said.

“We want people to give their old jackets a second chance – get them to the collection sites and on the backs of our friends on the streets as soon as we can.”

People can also donate thermals, gloves, pants, hats or other winter apparel, if clean and undamaged.

Last year, XTM collected and distributed almost 3000 snow jackets, with additional donations of gloves, beanies and scarves.

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