We recently worked with Crisis at Christmas by providing our drivers and trucks free of charge to help them with setting up and taking down temporary centres to provide invaluable help to homeless people. Our staff also provided donations of clothes, food and toiletries.
Christmas can be a very lonely time of year for many people, especially, the homeless who are often isolated and shunned by society. Crisis step up to the plate every year at Christmas and provide companionship, hot food, warm clothing and safe shelter for the homeless. Over 8,000 people slept on the streets in London in 2015 and more than 5,000 of these people were sleeping rough for the first time. Sadly, this is proof that the issue of homelessness is increasing.
We were contacted by Suzie Dudley, the Transport Services Coordinator at Crisis for help as we had previously provided trucks and drivers to help the charity’s temporary christmas centres open and close. We were honoured to be asked to help out again and we were more than happy to supply drivers and vehicles to help open and close down centres again. We also asked our staff around the UK to donate clothing, food, blankets and toiletries for the centres and they responded by providing much needed items. Sharon Sales who co-ordinates our charitable activities received this letter of thanks from Crisis:
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and everyone at Harrow Green for supporting Crisis at Christmas 2016!
Your donations were incredible and helped provide some gifts to our guests. Much needed clothing and toiletries meant they could leave Crisis at Christmas with a little goodie bag.
Your help with providing drivers and trucks was invaluable too. For set up, it meant we were able to efficiently set up our 10 centres and ensure we were ready to welcome guests on time and ready for the Christmas celebrations. For close down, it made a huge difference having Harrow Green there, we packed up and moved everything back to our warehouse in record time this year, earlier than any previous year!
Words really cannot express how grateful we are for all the hard work and effort by Harrow Green employees for collecting items and driving for us. Also to you for your excellent coordination getting everything to us and arranging vehicles and drivers to support us with our huge operation that is setting up and closing down 10 centres across London, that welcome nearly 4000 guests during Christmas week.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I hope we can continue to work together, all the best for 2017 to you and everyone at Harrow Green!
We were honoured to help and thank you Suzie for taking out the time to acknowledge our support and we hope we can help again this year. Our thanks to Crisis for providing an invaluable service.