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Community warms to coat exchange program

YOGA buddies Sue Krucker and Suzi Lough are helping Maleny residents through winter with a heart-warming community initiative.

A rack of coats and jumpers has been set up in the lane beside Maleny IGA supermarket for people to leave and collect garments.

Mrs Krucker said she pinched the idea from an American town after seeing a mention of it on social media.

She and Ms Lough have made the exchange a focus of their newly-formed not-for-profit initiative Give a Little- Change a Lot.

IGA management agreed to let them leave a clothes rack beside their store where people could take and leave items as they pleased.

Maleny resident Sue Krucker has helped to set up a coat and jumper exchange for people struggling to afford warm clothes.
Maleny resident Sue Krucker has helped to set up a coat and jumper exchange for people struggling to afford warm clothes. Stuart Cumming

The rack is locked away of an evening.

"People started donating straight away," Mrs Krucker said.

Stock has swollen and dwindled since its start earlier this month.

Mrs Krucker said a struggling family, including a mother, father and small children, shed tears of gratitude while picking up coats one day.

"It is alarming and it is comforting.

"There are people who really are in need."

Witta resident Lance Mackay dropped off two jackets and a jumper when in town on Sunday.

They had been taken by the time he returned on Wednesday.

"It makes you feel like you have given something back to the community," Mr Mackay said.

Mrs Krucker said she had received plenty of positive feedback and people had so-far adhered to the honesty-based system.

"You have your eyes and your heart open as you walk around town and you see people who are barefoot on a cold day.

"You hate to think of someone going cold when you have more than you need in your wardrobe."

Topics:  coats community exchange iga maleny sunshine coast winter


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