KEEPING DALBY WARM: Carmen Evans and Shianne Butler from Helping Hands are   making sure   families in need are catered for .
KEEPING DALBY WARM: Carmen Evans and Shianne Butler from Helping Hands are making sure families in need are catered for . Meg Gannon

Generous donation helps keep Dalby's streets warm

WHEN Carmen Evans was trapped in an emotionally abusive marriage some years ago, all she wanted to know was that someone would be there to reach out a hand and let her know she wasn't as alone as she felt.

Now, Mrs Evans is that helping hand, and she is doing everything she can to "keep the community warm” thanks to a generous donation of blankets and warm clothes from Knitting for Brisbane's Needy.

"I know what it feels like when you hit rock bottom,” she said.

"Having somebody to come to who's not going to judge you as a person and understand what you're going through and just give you a smile is really important.”

Mrs Evans plans to donate a portion of the blankets to aged care homes in the region. Any leftover blankets, gloves, and boots will be available for collection for free by families who need them.

Mrs Evans knows just how important these donations are to families in need.

"A lot of these women walk out crying, not because they're sad, but because they're glad,” she said.

"Tonight she can go and put a blanket on her bed for her child, and she walks out with a pillow, whereas last night she was sleeping on her jackets that she's bundled up.”


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