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Curtain bank open for business

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The Red Cross Curtain Bank has opened its doors again for 2015 to provide made to measure double lined curtains for people and families on low income, the elderly, and those vulnerable to illness; especially children.

The Curtain Bank has been closed over the summer months to clients but volunteers have been working away filling the shelves with donated curtains.

A member of the Curtain Bank’s Steering Committee Adie Transom is encouraging those in need to come in before the weather gets colder.

She said: “We have a good supply of curtains that Red Cross would like to see in people’s homes. There is no cost in accessing curtains from the Curtain Bank and volunteers are ready to help.

“We want people in our community to live in warm healthy homes, and having curtains over windows helps to achieve that.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that houses should have a minimum heat of 18 ͦ C or a minimum of 20 ͦ C for more vulnerable groups like children, elderly and those that have chronic illness. A minimum of 16 ͦ C should be the temperature in your bedroom at night.

If you have a community services card you can self-refer, or be referred by a social service agency. Call in at the Red Cross Office on 245 Main St, Palmerston North with your window measurements and they will assist you to acquire free curtains for living rooms and bedrooms.

The Curtain Bank project is supported by Public Health Services and Palmerston North City Council.
For further information contact Red Cross on (06) 356 8152
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945

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