FOR WOMEN COLOSSAL TASK
WOMEN WORK FOR UNRRA
A, Herculean task was being tackled this morning with steady efficiency by about 100 women who were unpacking and sorting the parcels of clothing contributed for Unrra through the drive on Saturday. One's first reaction on entering the huge room, which was formerly a skating rink at the corner of Khyb£r Pass and Park Roads, was to ask: "Where do they begin?" A colossal pile of unpacked garments standing about 10ft high—a greater pile than any of those already unpacked—stood in one part of the room, while a double row of sorted garments was banked along one wall and smaller piles of clothing, hats and shoes covered the rest of the floor space. Women were everywhere, sorting the clothes into various classifications, working methodically amid what looked like multicoloured chaos.
The quality of the goods is considered splendid and- above all expectations. Thousands of parcels were sent in and only a small proportion of the" clothes were naotheaten and useless.
Trucks continued to arrive throughout the day, unloading parcels, and contributions from Takapuna and Devonport were .on their way to the central depot. It is expected that 100 women a day Twill be needed for several weeks before the packing is completed, and mending will probably be done by members of the guild's branches, working in their own homes or headquarters. Homes Which Were Missed Many of the garments sent in had already been dry-cleaned and others arrived with money for dry-cleaning attached. Apart from these, all the will be fumigated as a safeguard. An extraordinarily large number of shoes were donated, many being scarcely worn, while one shoe shop sent in a big carton of new shoes. Money for repairing shoes was also sent in. 9
The telephone at the depot was ringing all day with inquiries from people whose homes were missed during the collection. It is hoped to arrange a supplementary collection for these parcels. When the clothing is packed, each case will contain garments according to type; for example, men's wear, women's clothes, garments for children from one to six years, and so on. Each case will contain a list of all the garments inside. The assistance of other women's organisations is being called upon.
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FOR WOMEN COLOSSAL TASK, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
FOR WOMEN COLOSSAL TASK Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
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