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Jo Goodhew (left) and Diana Kisi (right) measure up curtains, which have been donated to Timaru's first curtain bank. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

Winter will soon be drawing in – but the Timaru Curtain Bank has the community covered.

The curtain bank has welcomed about 70 boxes of donated curtains, which will be distributed to residents in need over the coming months.

Jo Goodhew, who is leading the initiative, said she was pleased with the response so far after putting a call out last year for any unwanted curtains.

“We’ve been inundated with curtains, which is great,” she said.

“At the moment we’ve got about 64 boxes full. I think we are going to be up to 70,” she said.

The curtains were all in great condition, and in a variety of sizes and colours.

One lot of curtains had obviously been for sale as it still had a price tag attached.

Donors had been “extremely generous” and she welcomed more donations.

Timaru’s social sector agencies would allocate the curtains as and when the need arose – to tenants, not landlords.

However, exceptions had been made in special circumstances.

“I was approached by some people that needed a pair of curtains after they had a house fire,” she said.

“But the best way is for the agency to tell me what they need.”

She was also grateful for the help she had received, including from those who had helped measure and box the curtains.

“It’s been fun, but it’s also been a lot of hours, so I’m really grateful to the people that have helped me measure.”

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