South Cantabrians are being urged not to ditch their unwanted curtains, so those in need can benefit.
Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew is welcoming anyone with excess curtains to donate them to a curtain bank drive, a project she has been planning for two years.
She has researched other similar projects, including one in Dunedin, and is now keen to receive any unwanted curtains which can be passed on to people in need.
Recipients could include those who did not have curtains in their home, or who needed their curtains to be replaced, including both landlords and tenants, Mrs Goodhew said.
“I talked to social service agencies here, I talked to lots of people [as to] whether it might work here,” she said.
The answer was “yes” so she was now keen to hear from anyone who could assist.
“We’ve come to a belief that there’s already agencies doing a lot of that work [assessing who needs help], but what is missing here is a curtain bank.”
Mrs Goodhew believed there would be some people throughout the South Canterbury community who did not have curtains at all.
Although social service experts had told her there was a demand for curtains, there was a lack of storage space, but she had since overcome that problem.
A group would be established to mend curtains if required and funding would be sourced to ensure donated curtains could be cleaned.
“I don’t want this to be a one-off project .. I want it to be ongoing because I think we could do with having access to that particular source.”