We have previously donated thermal items and sleeping bags to one of the homelessness charities “Chance Changing Lives” (see Allocation 19). By coincidence, we dropped off items that had been donated to the GHF on Thursday 3rd January in response to our appeal just before Christmas for warm clothing — and while we there, Natasha Maroni, the Chance charity founder, mentioned that they had been able to successfully home a young woman who is expecting a baby and that their next mission would be to furnish her home.
We posted a request for items of furniture, household necessaries, and baby clothes and equipment on our Facebook page on Friday 4th January – and the response was phenomenal (and extremely humbling) and so, this allocation covers the cost of hiring a van to collect as much of the larger donated items as we could. The result, after two journeys in the very large van(!), was that we had delivered…a fridge freezer, a washing machine, a microwave, a sofa and a sofa bed, wardrobes, a television, storage cabinets, a large bean bag, a cot, a pushchair, a high chair, a travel cot, a car seat, baby bath, moses basket, lots of clothes and toys…..and, in true Generation Game style) a very large cuddly toy! (and I’m sure that there were many other things too!)
Thank you so much for all of your donations and offers — “J” was overwhelmed — she didn’t think that people did “nice” things!