Firstly a huge heartfelt thank you from myself to everyone who donated shoe boxes, items, money and their time – as you can see we collected so much stuff it was just a sea of donations at one point. We managed to organise all the items and get the boxes packed this week and our grand total so far is 93 boxes!! All crammed full to the top, with both treats and necessities for all ages - 0-2, 3-7, 8-16 and 17+. We also have 8 carrier bags full of food and toiletries left over, and another 6 bin bags of clothing that we have also been given to pass on to the charities.
We decided to split the donations between Bury Homeless Project and Manchester Street Angels – with any leftover food being taken to a local Foodbank.
It’s been an emotional process for me personally, feeling so happy and so proud of what we have achieved, especially during a pandemic where times are hard financially for so many people, however also really sad and upsetting that some people have nothing and the only thing they will have to open on Christmas is the shoe box have given them. We included a hand written card with every box with a positive and uplifting message inside, so all we can hope for is that each and every single box brings a smile to the recipient's face and that we have spread some Christmas cheer to as many people as we could.
Many thanks & Merry Christmas
We have already had a fantastic response to the appeal. Here is what Emma, Customer Relations Assistant had to say
"We have nearly 20 empty shoe boxes and 4-5 bags of donations.
My neighbour has also donated £100 for me to go and do some shopping for donations. I'm going to do some online ordering this weekend for that.
Off to a good start I’d say x"
Thank you to everyone who has already donated. There is still time to donate, with the closing date Friday 4th December.