Kerrie and Barbara Anglin from St Vincent de Paul.

THE team at Finnys are at it again, with the popular manchester store once again stepping in to help others where it can.

Last year, Finnys donated about 400 slightly imperfect wool quilts to Anglicare to assist homeless and needy people in both Bendigo and Shepparton.

This year, Finnys have turned to Tontine Australia for help, and approximately 170 slightly imperfect woollen quilts have been provided for distribution, once again, between people in Bendigo and Shepparton.

Announcing his company’s donation, Tontine Australia spokesman Simon Brash said everyone was committed to ensuring the quilts reached those locals in need as quickly as possible, as the coldness of winter bore down on the Bendigo region.

St Vincent de Paul Society Bendigo Regional Council president Barb Anglin thanked Finnys and Tontine Australia for their support and generosity, and said many families were struggling with rising costs of living, and every week the demand for St Vincent de Paul’s services was increasing.

“Over the past three years there has been a 40 per cent increase in the level of financial support delivered across Victoria by the society,” she said.

“Winter is much less forgiving than the warmer months. Winter clothing and bedding are more expensive during these months, and this donation of doonas is very much appreciated.”

The quilts are available from The St Vincent de Paul Victoria Assistance Centre located at 14–16 Hopetoun St, Bendigo (behind the Vinnies Shop). The centre is open 10.00am – 1:30pm every week day except Wednesday.