20 years supporting Homeless People
Have you been clearing out your wardrobe this Lent? Have you got a whole load of toiletries piling up and would you like to help someone who has none? This year Glass Door, London’s largest emergency winter night shelter, is celebrating 20 years of caring for homeless people in London. Their night shelters have been open during the winter months and several of our local churches have covered one night per week. Although the shelters will be closing shortly Glass Door provides advice, food, showers and laundry facilities from drop-in day centres all year round to those experiencing homelessness.
How can we help?
For several years now I have been collecting clothing, towels, sleeping bags, bags and backpacks etc and delivered these to GlassDoor. Many members of St Mary’s have been bringing contributions to church for me to pass on to the charity and letters of thanks have been put on the noticeboard at the back of church. Help is appreciated all the year round either by financial contribution, fundraising activities or ‘in-kind’ donations.
In-Kind Donations: Due to the generosity of many people they currently have enough of, and no space to store, many of the usual items of clothing. However, I am happy to collect these and deliver them when they are ready. Currently they do need the following:
Items for the clothing bank:
New underwear (especially boxers and women’s underwear)
Work boots (men’s size 7-11),
Oyster cards (even without any funds on them).
Toiletries of all kinds, particularly men’s razors
Cutlery and teaspoons
These items can be brought to church on Sundays or between 10.00 and 12.00 on weekdays. If you have items that are difficult for you to take to church please let me know at [email protected] or on 07956 655037.