Give a kid a blanket

August 2019

Give a Kid a Blanket Community Activated Art Action

The Lowndes team were so impressed with the Give a Kid a Blanket community activated art action that we elected to support it again this winter.  It is the brain child and is fuelled by the passion of artists Donna Turtle Sarten & Bernie Harfleet, who build a “Community of Kindness” to simply assist those who are cold.

Again this year Lowndes amassed blankets, duvets, pjs, socks, beanies and hot water bottles.  These were picked up from our offices by the effervescent and irrepressible Bernie, in the Give A Kid A Blanket van, loaned to the project by Tristram European.  Bernie took them to Blanket headquarters.  This winter these premises were provided by The Trusts.  From here the items were sorted into categories by age, gender and bed size and packed by Donna and Bernie themselves, supported by volunteers on a rotating basis seven days a week, into hand selected collections fitting the requirements of the recipients.

The focus is on celebrating the work of the front line health and community workers, and in particular on the giving end of things – kindness.  This Community of Kindness has grown to 10,000 now following the project on Facebook.

Bernie and Donna work without a day off alongside so many individuals from businesses, schools, hospitals, social workers, police and public health workers for a gruelling 68 days averaging 15 hours a day (this doesn’t include the 3 months of lead up and the time taken to close the project down).  There are volunteers running collection points, working with the families, giving their time for sorting and packing, knitting, rummaging through their own cupboards, shopping especially, and making financial donations to the Give-a-Little page.  All are contributing to this growing organisation.


The stats tell their own story about the value of their work

2015 – 1,273 blankets

2016 – 2,789 blankets

2017 – 8,500 blankets

2018 – 17,500 blankets.


Lowndes is very proud to play a small part in this huge effort.  If you want your heart cockles warmed, visit Give a Kid a Blanket Facebook page.

Please note that Bernie and Donna continue to supply ‘family care’ packs to ICU’s at North shore and Auckland Hospitals year round and hopefully extend to Middlemore.


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