WONTHAGGI’S Rona Black has been overwhelmed by the response to her call for donations of winter coats for homeless people in last week’s Sentinel-Times.
Since starting the campaign last Tuesday, around 30 coats and jackets have been dropped off at Rona’s house, which will be distributed to the homeless as part of the Off Your Back campaign.
Inspired by Phillip Island’s Daisy Weir, who has collected many coats and jackets for the campaign, Rona believed Wonthaggi was capable of similar action.
She said the response has been brilliant.
“Wonthaggi people are just so kind and generous – for all these coats to come in as quick as this is great,” she said.
“There should be more community activity like this; we need to help each other. Wonthaggi people are generous but people need to be led into these charity donations more.”
Rona has also made her own coats for homeless people out of recycled material.
Coats are needed for men, women and children and Rona will continue to collect for the next few weeks.
Her home at 30 Hunter Street is the drop off point.
If she’s not home, coats can be left on her front verandah.
If you don’t have access to a car, call Rona on 0407 221 267 and she’ll arrange for someone to come and pick your coat up.