Donated jeans bring welcome winter warmth

By Alex Bayes

James Ripia chooses some jeans. Photo / Brett Phibbs
James Ripia chooses some jeans. Photo / Brett Phibbs

A campaign focused on providing second-hand jeans to people assisted by the Auckland City Mission has helped to lessen the chill of winter.

More than 2000 pairs of jeans were collected by Volcom clothing stores throughout NZ and Australia for donation to the Auckland City Mission.

"We have had fantastic feedback - we have given out 50 pairs so far and we will continue to hand them out all winter," says James Holt, head of fundraising at the mission.

More than 500 people live on Auckland's streets, and around 40 per cent of them are under 24.

Mr Holt said that the mission saw a lot of respiratory infections.

"Winter tends to put a really big strain on our medical centre."

The mission is in the second week of its Spread the Warmth campaign, which hopes to raise $300,000. The campaign includes an online "generosity scale" which allows Aucklanders to see which suburb has donated the most money.

- NZ Herald

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