A CHARITY which helps the homeless has been inundated with goods and food after a plea in the Courier.
Calderdale SmartMove urged people to give up any unwanted gifts or food in a project led by the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC).
The aim was to distrubute winter warmer packs, and food parcels as well as other help to people over 75, the homless and families in need with a child under five.
After the public appeal was launched in the Courier, many local people and businesses donated to the cause which has now helped 1,800 people in Calderdale.
Bolton Brow Academy, Sowerby Bridge, collected unwanted children’s items.
Headteacher Jonathan Longstaff said: “We wanted to join in the project because it impacts on us all.
“We are all aware of the current financial climate and we are all being affected in one way or another. Our children and families wanted to help others in a very simple yet very effective way. It was a project in which all of us could play a part.”
Suma Wholefoods, in Elland, donated 1,500 packs of organic pasta.
Paul Collins, of the company, said: “As a workers’ co-operative Suma is the sum of the interests of its workers, and its workers are part of the local community.
“As such Suma tends to concentrate its charitable efforts close to home. This is why we felt donating health foods to help older and vulnerable people was a worthwhile cause”
Harvey’s of Halifax donated quilts and pillows and Pennine Leisure Supplies, on the Lowfields Business Park, Elland, supplied microwaves and kettles at cost.
Other generous companies included A & K Hosiery, in Leeds, which helped with hats, gloves and rain macs, Tommee Tippee donated children’s flasks, iDeal Direct Ltd helped with hot water bottles and ICE Trekkers UK donated with ice grippers for shoes.
SmartMove and CFFC worked with Age UK, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Voluntary Action Calderdale, Calderdale Council, The Green Doctor and children’s centres to help improve the lives of people in Calderdale.
Steve Duncan, CFFC chief executive, said: “This project has seen businesses and the public join forces to help local people who are vulnerable. We have been overwhelmed by the response from everyone involved and would like to say a huge thank you to every single one. The project has delivered over 900 packs so far and has received great feedback from the recipients, which makes all the hard work worthwhile.”