AMI and New Zealand Red Cross
Winter Warmers

More than 200 Taranaki locals in-need slept a little safer and warmer with the winter care packages they received from New Zealand Red Cross Taranaki and AMI in July 2017.

In its second year running, the ‘Winter Warmers’ initiative for the Taranaki Service Centre of New Zealand Red Cross provided 120 more packages than last year with support from AMI.

"We have had quite a lot of nominations for recipients who are living in damp cold conditions and draughty homes. There are also people who don't have anywhere to live," New Zealand Red Cross Taranaki service centre co-ordinator Jess Burrows said.

"Thanks to AMI we've been able to include way more items than before and purchase them new as well, which has been awesome," Burrows said.

The items included: blankets, hot water bottles, beanies, thermals socks and pyjamas, ponchos, toiletries and sanitary items, door draft stops and window seals, a torch and a smoke alarm and an assortment of easy to make hot food and drink items.

Packs for those with children included the New Zealand Red Cross Kiri In the Emergency book – to educate them about what to do in times of distress.

About 16 volunteers including staff from AMI gathered to pack the items into Winter Warmer packages during a working bee.

"We class ourselves as local too and anything in our local community is always a good cause," AMI's Paul Bielawski said.

Dealing with New Zealand Red Cross I didn't know a lot about it, but it has also opened my eyes to what they do nationally, locally and worldwide, Bielawski said.

“We’re proud to be working with New Zealand Red Cross,” says AMI’s Community Engagement Manager, Eve Whitwell.

“Being able to support the New Zealand Red Cross is really special – we recognise the amazing work that they do not only as first response during times of disaster, but also to help prevent things before they happen, when they can. “We are proud to be able to further boost the proactive and protective side of their efforts with this initiative, and we look forward to working with their wonderful team more closely in future.”