Written by Jamie on 21st December 2016
Local housing charity Adref are celebrating the success of this years’ Christmas Hamper Campaign which has seen the greatest ever amount of donated goods which they distribute to the homeless and those they work with that are at risk of becoming homeless.
This is the third year that the campaign has been running and it encourages donations of food, toys and other items from the general public.
They then organise into individual hampers which are then given to people they work with in the community or to the hostels they manage in the area.
Joy Bishop, Board Member Adref Charity Shop in Aberdare told us
‘The response has been overwhelming this year. It started off quite slowly but momentum has built. This has been supplemented by the likes of Tesco & Sainsburys giving very generously.
And also new this year people have been organising work-place collections in addition to individuals giving where they can.
This means that in addition to the 32 trays of donations going to the hostels in Pontypridd, Adref would have prepared hampers for 113 households which we are delivering this week in time for Christmas.
We have put a very conservative amount on the donations and think its worth at least £3743 and items are still coming in!’
‘As well as food items, the hampers are targeted to specific household, so the 82 households Adref work with that have children will also have sweets and toys.
Also hampers will include chocolates, gift bags as well as essential toiletries for men and women as well as items to give to homeless people that could be sleeping rough.
‘we have had 30 sleeping bags donated and 6 tents – so in extreme situations where all other options to find accommodation have failed, we have some items that could save lives in the worst weather. I just want to thank everyone in Rhondda Cynon Taf for being incredibly generous at the toughest time’
There is still time to donate as hampers will be put together for people into the new year – so none of it will be wasted.
You can contact Joy at the Adref Charity Shop in Aberdare on 01685 886450.