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Donations pour in for York Harvest appeal
9:26am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
DONATIONS of food and clothing have been pouring in during the first week of the York Harvest appeal.
The month-long campaign has been launched to help ensure Carecent in St Saviourgate receives enough food to last it through the next 12 months, and the response has already been positive.
This week, The Press has received numerous donations of food and cereals, with donations arriving daily.
Carecent provides breakfasts and vital support to homeless and disadvantaged people in York, six days a week, 52 weeks a year, but it has faced rising demand in recent years during the economic crisis.
The Press and City of York Council have teamed up with the charity to run York Harvest throughout September, inviting people who do not already donate to the charity via a school or church collection to help.
Gavin Aitchison, The Press’s news editor, said: “The response so far has been pleasing, and we are very grateful to all readers who have responded to the appeal.”
Carecent has very specific needs as it provides breakfasts, but not other meals. It asks for: tinned meat that can be served cold (such as ham, spam, corned beef and hot-dog sausages); baked beans, tinned spaghetti; sugar; long-life fruit juice; tinned fruit; cereals, but not porridge.
It can also use socks, hats, gloves, jeans, roll-on deodorant, shampoo and shower gel.
You can donate goods at:
• The Press office at 76-86 Walmgate from 9am to 4.45pm on weekdays.
• City of York Council’s HQ in Station Rise from 8.30am to 5pm.
• The council’s Community Equipment Loan Service at Unit 3-4 Geralds Court, Phoenix Business Park, Hazel Court, James Street, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
• Central Methodist Church on a Monday or Tuesday evening from 6pm and 8pm, from September 23 to October 15.
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