Operation Cover Up most successful yet

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It is mission accomplished for this year’s Operation Cover Up.

Blankets, hats and other clothing items knitted by Oamaruvians have arrived in Amsterdam and are now being trucked into Moldova, Romania and other places where they are needed in Eastern European countries.

Oamaru Operation Cover Up convener Gladys Familton said it was good to contribute.

There were 137 blankets sent over from Oamaru, “and a heap of hats and jerseys and socks and scarves and pyjamas”, she said.

“We’re really thrilled to know it’s arrived safely and it’s on the way to the people who need these things.”

Mission Without Borders was responsible for distributing the knitted items overseas, which was critical as the poverty-stricken countries they were going to were heading into winter, Mrs Familton said.

“Some people say we’ve got needs in New Zealand, but nothing like this.”

There were “shocking conditions” in the Eastern European countries’ winters, she said. This year’s Operation Cover Up was the most successful in the 12 years it had been running, Mrs Familton said.

It was “absolutely amazing” to see people embracing the charity, knitting more and more each year, she said.

“We’ve got some knitters who knit all the time.”

Operation Cover Up runs each year and sees thousands of knitted items of clothing, shoes, toys, blankets and more sent to Holland in October for transport around Eastern Europe.

To get involved in Oamaru’s Operation Cover Up efforts, contact Gladys Familton on 434 5956 or Moira Sligo on 434 7365.

By DAVID DE LOREAN