SNUGGLY: Soup Kitchen regulars Peter Harris (left) and Roman Salitra and volunteer Mary Snodgrass test out the free scarves and beanies on offer for those in need of a bit of extra warmth this winter. Photo: Clair Morton
SNUGGLY: Soup Kitchen regulars Peter Harris (left) and Roman Salitra and volunteer Mary Snodgrass test out the free scarves and beanies on offer for those in need of a bit of extra warmth this winter. Photo: Clair Morton

Soup and scarves bring warm vibes to South Grafton

ON MONDAYS and Wednesdays, there's no place Roman Salitra would rather be than the New School of Arts Soup Kitchen.

For the Grafton pensioner, it's a good opportunity for a warm cup of tea and a good chinwag with like-minded people.

"There's always some company at the soup kitchen," he said.

"And", fellow soup kitchen regular Peter Harris chimed in, "if you're lucky sometimes you even get some soup."

Since Friday, The New School of Arts Neighbourhood House building also been the place to find an extra bit of warmth for the winter - in the form of scarves, socks and beanies donated by the Hospital Auxiliary Op Shop, Clarence Valley Waste Not, Want Not members and anonymous donors.

Mr Salitra said he was excited to find a size-10 pair of socks among the articles pinned on the fence, which helped keep his toes toasty on Sunday night.

"It was freezing so I put them on and it was good," he said.

While Mr Harris hasn't taken anything for himself, he said it was "rather incredible" that so many people had donated their time and effort to making items for the wall of winter warmth.

"The (people who made this happen) do a marvellous job, don't they," he said.

The free items of warmth will be on display and available for the taking until tomorrow afternoon.



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