CHARITY chiefs have urged people to hand over their unwanted Christmas gifts – to help Calderdale’s vulnerable stay warm this winter.
The Community Foundation for Calderdale is leading the campaign – Warmer Homes, Healthy People – to help local people during the cold months.
Along with Calderdale Council, the Department of Health, Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC), Age UK and Calderdale SmartMove, they are appealing for unwanted hats, scarves, gloves, jumpers, socks and toiletries.
Vulnerable people, including the elderly, some children under five and homeless people, will be identified and given a winter emergency pack tailored to their needs.
The pack could contain items such as blankets, food, hot-water bottles, a torch and a flask.
Steve Duncan, chief executive of the foundation, said: “We need the public to help us support the vulnerable this winter.
“By donating a pair of gloves or a jumper you will be actively helping a child or elderly person in Calderdale to stay warm.
“We need your help to prevent people from becoming ill due to the cold, cutting down on hospital stays and help to prevent excess winter deaths this year.”
Volunteers from Calderdale SmartMove and VAC will be donating their time to collect the donated goods and to make the packs and distribute them.
Calderdale SmartMove have also donated storage space for the donations
Chief Officer of VAC, Dr Soo Nevison, said: “With more and more people struggling with the rising costs of fuel bills, this winter will be hard for many in Calderdale.
“We need local businesses to rise to the challenge too, and donate blankets, pillows, quilts, airbeds and draft excluder.”
People can donate goods at local libraries, swimming pools and Customer First points in Halifax, Brighouse and Todmorden, until the end of January.
To make a financial donation visit www.localgiving.com/charity/CFFC. Businesses wishing to donate should contact Steve Duncan via firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information you can visit www.cffc.co.uk.