Avsec donates woollen clothing

31 Jul 2018

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) and the Department of Corrections are thrilled that woollen jumpers and vests previously part of Avsec’s uniform will go to people in need this winter.

Avsec’s Wellington team has donated over 200 items to Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA), a charity that rescues surplus goods and distributes them to 65 other charities working directly with people in need. Other Avsec bases are also collecting surplus uniform to send to KCA.

Avsec’s uniform is moving to lightweight jackets to replace jumpers and vests. Vests, without branding, have gone straight to KCA, while jumpers will be ‘de-badged’ by people serving court-imposed sentences of community work, before going to KCA to pass on to its partner charities, such as Plunket, The Salvation Army, and night shelters.

“We have recently seen an increase in orders from our partners for warmer clothing,” said KCA’s Tracy Wellington.

“The woollen items from Avsec will fly out of our warehouse as soon as they come in!”

Avsec consciously chose KCA to receive the clothing because of their wide reach within the community.

“Rather than donating all our clothing to just one charity, we wanted to leave it in the hands of the experts, KCA, to spread the goods between charities with the greatest need at the moment,” said Karen Urwin, Avsec GM Operations.

 “I’d also like to acknowledge The Department of Corrections for partnering with us in this initiative. Corrections facilitated the unpicking of thousands of embroidered badges from the jumpers free of charge. This is a great example of government departments and community agencies working together.”

KCA’s impact

In the year ended 31 March 2018, KCA distributed:

151,923 kilograms of food

4,013 banana boxes of non-food items