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Drawing attention . . . Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew (left) and cur tain bank supporter Lorraine Watkins with the many donations already received for people in need. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Pre-loved curtains to be re-homed via Timaru’s social sector agencies have started filling storage space allocated to the cause.

The initiative, launched by Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew in July, has resulted in at least 20 sets of curtains being donated so far. They will go to homes in need.

Anybody working with social service agencies will be able to access the curtains through those agents.

“It’s for tenants, not landlords. If the tenants left that property they would have to leave the curtains behind because it’s for need where they are,” Mrs Goodhew said.

Curtains of all shapes and sizes were still needed and could be dropped off at Temuka’s Complete Curtains and Interiors, Fashion Focus at Highfield Mall and Timaru’s Rangitata electorate office.

Lorraine Watkins, who used to have a curtain business, is using her industry knowledge to assist the project.

Mrs Goodhew said it was fantastic to have someone with her level of experience on board.

“We’ve [also] had the offer of help from somebody to help her and response back from the service clubs saying they will do their bit, either saying they will put the word out or offer to pick things up for us.”

Mrs Goodhew was pleased with the result so far.