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Villagers urged to back harvest appeal
VILLAGERS near York are being encouraged to back the York Harvest campaign to help residents suffering from severe poverty.
Elvington Church has widened its usual harvest festival appeal to encourage villagers who do not attend church to donate.
York Harvest has been launched by The Press, City of York Council and city-centre charity Carecent, which provides breakfasts to homeless and disadvantaged people six days a week.
The charity relies heavily on donations from harvest appeals and has struggled to meet rising demand in recent years, during the economic crisis.
Donations have already been pouring in to The Press offices in Walmgate and the council is also collecting donations and running an internal campaign to encourage staff to donate.
Elvington Church has now urged residents to join in. People are invited to take donations along to the church’s Harvest Family Service at 10.30am this Sunday, or to the school Service on Friday, September 20, 2.30pm.
There is also a collecting box in the village shop, where people can leave items which will be presented at the services before being delivered to Carecent.
City of York Council thanked everyone for their donations so far.
How you can help
Carecent provides breakfasts, simple toiletries and clothes, and needs to be able to stock up for the year ahead. It does not make lunch or evening meals, so has very specific needs.
The charity specifically requests:
• Tinned meat which can be served cold – ham, spam, corned beef, hot-dog sausages
• Baked beans and tinned spaghetti
• Long life fruit juice
• Tinned fruit
• Cereals – but please not porridge oats, Ready Brek or instant porridge
• Socks, hats and gloves
• Roll-on deodorant (no aerosols please)
• Shower gel and shampoo
• Jeans (especially in smaller waist sizes) and other clothes (especially fleeces / jumpers / t-shirts)
The charity currently has enough oats, instant oats and Ready Brek; tea; salt; jam, marmalade, honey and Marmite; and combination tins such as baked beans with sausages.
It also has enough toothpaste and soap at the moment.
You can donate goods at:
• Central Methodist Church on a Monday or Tuesday evening from 6pm and 8pm, from September 23 to October 15.
• 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 or the Community Equipment Loan Service at Unit 3-4 Geralds Court, Phoenix Business Park, Hazel Court, James Street, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
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