York Cares brings gifts to people who usually miss out
2:35pm 21st December 2016
(Updated 3:49pm 21st December 2016)
York Cares is holding their annual Christmas parties and collections bringing some festive cheer to the residents of York. Over 250 gifts are being collected for isolated, homeless and vulnerable people in York who otherwise would not receive a present or a good meal.
A range of gifts including festive food, toys and toiletries are being collected and delivered, in time for Christmas, by teams of volunteers from Sainsburys, Langleys, University of York, Lendlease, TSP and York St John University.
The organisations that collections will be donated to this year include Arc Light, York Flourish, Foundation York, Howe Hill Hostel, SASH, The Peasholme Centre, Crombie House and York Housing Association.
Jennie Ironmonger, Housing Support Worker, York Housing Association said.
“The Women past and present have been touched by the kindness shown by volunteers and I hope York Cares Christmas Collection can continue to grow year after year to help others that find themselves in situations beyond their control. However small you feel the gesture is, it will mean the world to someone else, and give them hope for their future.”
Employee volunteers from across the city hosted Christmas Parties at eight older people’s homes. There were Christmas carols, games of bingo and chats over mince pies.
Organisations taking part include: Aviva, CYC, Tesco, Adva Optical, Benenden and Biorenewables Development Centre.
Caroline Wilcock, Volunteering Project Officer said..
‘The annual Christmas collections and parties are a great opportunity for local businesses and their employees to get together and give something back.
It’s great to see so many volunteers giving their time and donations to spread festive cheer across the city and really make a difference to others.’
York Cares is a partnership between over 40 businesses around the city helping to make York a better place through employee volunteering, and matches businesses to the communities they can help best. The charity is currently celebrating its 10th year and across the last decade, employee volunteers have dedicated over 127,000 hours to making York a better place.
For further information visit www.yorkcares.co.uk.
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