Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere and EOC Welfare team member Gillian Tasker were on hand to receive the quilts for distribution to Palmerston North families.
The beautiful quilts of unique design range in size from lap-sized quilts suitable for children or older people up to single-bed sized quilts.
Rose City Quilters have been making quilts and storing them for distribution during emergencies. They sent more than 500 quilts to Christchurch after the earthquakes and gave Manawatū families quilts after the flooding a few years ago.
Four local welfare organisations are being given a share of the quilts to distribute – Te Roopu Whakaruruhau o Nga Wahine Maori, Palmerston North Women’s Refuge, Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Palmerston North, and MASH Trust. Each quilt is labelled so recipients know where the quilts have come from.
Deputy Mayor Utikere said the donation was greatly appreciated and a wonderful example of how our people in the community care for others and show their support in a time of need.
“I’m sure these quilts will be treasured and appreciated by those who receive them. They are both a caring and practical gift that the Rose City Quilter members have put a lot of time and effort into creating. I’m impressed with their foresight to be constantly making and storing these for a time of emergency, such as now when many families are struggling due to the Covid-19 lockdown.”