A warm initiative

BASE co-ordinator Jenny Rae with some of the free, preloved jackets available through the Coats for Kids initiative.

Ashburton youth centre BASE has a variety of jackets – and pyjamas – available for children from its Coats For Kids initiative.

Preloved coats of all colours and sizes, ranging from size zero through to 16, are on the racks in the foyer of the centre, on Burnett Street, for anybody seeking a jacket for a child.

BASE co-ordinator Jenny Rae said winter coats could be a big expense and kids often grew out of them in a season, so the Coats For Kids campaign was set up for the public to give, receive or even swap warm coats.

Having the jackets in the foyer meant people could pop in and help themselves, or talk to BASE crew if they needed assistance, she said.

As part of the initiative BASE were also on the look out for good quality second-hand or new pyjamas for children. The pyjama campaign had proved popular in the past and the centre was keen to provide quality pyjamas again alongside the Coats for Kids initiative.

Anyone with donations of good condition jackets, or quality secondhand or new pyjamas, can drop them off at BASE on Burnett Street, weekdays from 3pm to 5pm.