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Indicative of the success of .the clothes drive for Unrra, held throughout the Auckland district to-day, was the fact that inspection of the central depot and collecting centres in the suburbs showed that it was likely that the campaign would result in over 2000 square feet being piled with garments to a height of about 9ft by the time the collection was completed. Reports of the desperate conditions prevailing in Europe apparently touched the heart-strings of Aucklanders, and few houses visited today did not make some contribution to the drive. A further factor in the success of the effort was the splendid organisation carefully planned beforehand and the publicity given to the campaign, which resulted in householders having their gifts ready for the enthusiastic youngsters who went from door to door.

Not. only did Aucklanders give in quantiiy, but also the quality was of a high standard in comparison with other drives. Rome of the clothing was new, and practically all was in good condition. Furthermore, many garments had been washed and pressed or dry cleaned, while some contributors, who explained that they had not had time to wash the clothing gave sums of money for dry cleaning. Members of the executive of the Lady Galway Guild, which with the Red Cross Society, played a prominent part in the drive, said this morning that very few of the clothes handled so far had been fit only for the destructor. "I don't think we will have to fumigate ourseJves this time as we did after one other drive, said Miss E. Melville, vice-chairman ot tne guild. Another member of the executive commented that to-day people seemed to have taken a pride m giving good, clGsn clothing.

Well Under Way A visit to suburban post offices about 10 o'clock this morning revealed the drive to be well undei way. An hour earlier the first cars and trucks provided by the Automobile Association, the Commercial Travellers' Association and tne Army had set out, each carrying a postman or postgirl and two or tin ee boys and girls in addition to the driver. Travelling the "postie s run the youngsters went into each house and collected the clothing, while the postal workers made their usual Saturday delivery. As each car wa., filled with parcels it made its way back to the post office, where the young collectors and postal officials speedily unloaded it, after which it returned to complete the run. Even at 10 o'clock there were indications that the drive was going to be a success. At Pon so n bywhere three out of the eight runs had been completed, there were two piles ol garments in the post office. At Grey Lynn some 20 minutes later was to be observed a scene ol even greater activity. Parcels collected in the district were piled high on a large tarpaulin outside the post ° Cars participating in the drive arrived one after the other, some of them so packed with clothing back seat, front seat, and luggage carrier —that the boys and postmen were standing on the running boards. In a fast-flowing stream the clothes were unloaded and reloaded on to large Army trucks for conveyance to the central depot at the Glide Skating Rink, Khyber Pass Road.

Mountains of Clothing

By noon small mountains of clothing had been piled up at the central depot where there was constant arrival of Army and postal trucks discharging their loads and departing to the suburban post offices for further collections. In the centre of the room members of the Lady Galway Guild were unpacking parcels, sorting the contents, and placing them on the tables by the walls which were marked with cards showing the classification of the garments. . , Women's clothing exceeded in quantity that of men's—probably due to the fact that the Government has been providing so many Auckland men with khaki attire of recent years. Nevertheless, there was a eood quantity of men's overcoats, suits, pullovers and underwear. In other piles were children s clothing ranging from babies' shawls to garments for youths and shoes for men, women and children. In a separate group was bundled that clothing which obviously needed dry-cleaning, a service which is to be given at half the usual costs. With the exception of this, all the clothing, before it is packed and labelled for dispatch overseas, will be fumigated. Despite the careful organisation, it is possible that collectors have not called at some houses, and people so missed who are anxious to contribute may contact the organising secretary of the Lady Galway Guild, Mrs. M. E. Svensen, at phone 71-302.

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GREAT SUCCESS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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GREAT SUCCESS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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