Donations to help keep the cold at bay

WARM AND FUZZY: Caitlyn Hore, employee at Barossa Sandwich Bar and Cafe, with some of the donated winter goods.
WARM AND FUZZY: Caitlyn Hore, employee at Barossa Sandwich Bar and Cafe, with some of the donated winter goods.

You have the opportunity to feel warm and fuzzy this winter by supporting a Tanunda business helping those in need.

Pina Mollett and her family at Barossa Sandwich Bar and Cafe are encouraging the community to drop off beanies, hats, scarves and gloves to their shop during the next few months. 

The kind gesture was born after the Shea Oak Log family were in Adelaide earlier this month.

“We’d been walking on Rundle Street and saw a few homeless people without hats and one gentleman had no socks on,” Pina said.

“You can either walk past or you think, what can you do. We thought about it and we knew we could help do the little things and make someone’s day.”

Pina, her husband Keith, son Luke, 16, and daughter Georgi, 13, with their loyal employee Caitlyn Hore, 16, plan to pass out donated goods, plus a bottle of water and fruit in the city.

“We also plan to gift wrap everything and hand them out as presents,” she said.

The idea came from Luke who saw social media footage of an American gentleman doing something similar.

Since putting a call out for donations on social media last week, Pina has already received donated goods and a flurry of responses, including one lady wanting to provide handmade winter goods.

The Mollett family has already gained a strong reputation for giving after providing a wish tree at Christmas last year.

The tree, placed in the shop window, provided the community a place to leave Christmas gifts for those in need.

“Something we plan to do again,” Pina said.

Pina explained once she had received enough winter goods she would call upon volunteers to help with wrapping at the shop before delivering the gifts. 

For now the Mollett family continues to urge the community to donate new, not used, winter goods to Shop 5, 46 Murray Street, Tanunda.