KIND OFFER: Donations of clothes were hung on the fence of the New School of Arts building to help those in need.
KIND OFFER: Donations of clothes were hung on the fence of the New School of Arts building to help those in need.

Fence donations a sign of warmth to the homeless

A COLLABORATION between the Clarence Valley Waste Not, Want Not group and the New School of Arts has warmed the hearts, hands and heads of those doing it tough this winter.

On Friday, scarves, socks, beanies and even dog coats were pinned to the fence of the New School of Arts building in South Grafton with a message of love for those who accepted a free gift of warmth.

New School of Arts general manager Skye Sear said the idea came from a similar initiative in the Gold Coast, and tied in with Homeless Prevention Week.

All items were donated by community members, with some made especially for the project and others recycled or picked up from op shops.

"It was such a lovely thing for people to be able to do and one thing I noticed was people got so much pleasure out of actually doing the giving," Mrs Sear said.

"For everybody involved it was a really lovely thing."

The items were left up over the weekend and Mrs Sear said most of them were gone by Sunday.

Today another batch of warm clothes for those in need will go up on the fence before the New School of Arts soup kitchen starts at noon.



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