With Christmas fast approaching, Hope for Food are appealing to Bournemouth residents to make a donation and a difference this year.
Each year, Hope for Food, a local organisation, encourages people to donate items such as custard, tea, rice, pasta and toys to create a Christmas hamper for less fortunate families.
Claire, founder of Hope for Food, explained that these are everyday items for us but luxuries for those in need.
Last year, the charity sent over 600 presents to children and adults but this year they are aiming to help many more.
Claire is also urging people to donate items such as hats, gloves and toiletries in draw string bags to give to the homeless to help them cope with the cold Winter conditions.
With the current donations, Claire said: “We are now on the way to spreading a bit of happiness this Christmas”.
Additionally, Bournemouth Borough Council suggest ways in which you can help the homeless all year round.
Through the StreetLink website, you provide local authorities with details about where you have seen a person sleeping rough.
In doing so, you can help to “connect the person to local support and services”.
StreetLink also helps the homeless directly, providing them with information about where to find shelters and what to do if they are fleeing domestic violence.
If you would like to find out more about how to donate to the Christmas hampers, visit Hope for Food’s Facebook page: Christmas bags for Bournemouth homeless.
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