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Most Aucklanders have a hoard of garments tucked away in wardrobes and suitcases "for a rainy day." Wartime shortages have made people especially economical with their old clothes. Yet most of us are still well dressed and warmly clad. It is the people of Europe whose "rainy day" has come. Aucklanders have shivered with the cold- this winter and exclaimed, "Isn't it freezing!" But we cannot realise what it is like to feel icy blasts and stinging rain through thin rags and with bare feet. The need for clothing for the people of Europe is, in some cases, greater than • the need for food. Almost no civilian clothes have been made in Central Europe for five years. It is for this reason that a Dominion-wide campaign to collect clothes for distribution in Europs through Unrra is to be held. Auckland's women are playing their part through the Lady Galway Guild, and a drive will be held on Saturday, July 28, when clothes will be collected from house to house and taken to a depot for the purpose. Time is short, and an urgent appeal was made this morning by the Mayoress, Mrs. Allum, -president of the Lady Galway Guild, to all Auckland women to 1 contribute what clothing they can spare. Europe is Cold and Hungry Mrs. Allum asked especially that clothing donated should be clean and in moderately good repair. "We ask people to give us garments which they would wear themselves," she said. "We must remember that the people who have suffered so much in Europe are just like ourselves. Rich and poor alike have known and are still experiencing cold and hunger. We must try to put ourselves in their places.

"It will help us a great deal if clothes are washed, mended and pressed before they are sent in. We Have to make preparations for fumigation, of course, but we appeal to Aucklanders' generosity and humanity not to send in rubbish."

The former skating rink at the corner of Khyber Pass and Park Road has been loaned as a depot for the campaign, and clothes will be received there. It is expected that about 100 women volunteers from the various Lady Galway Guild branches will be working at the depot, sorting *.and packing the clothes, ready for dispatch by the middle of August. The help of other organisations is also being sought.

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CLOTHES NEEDED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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CLOTHES NEEDED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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