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Donate for the Collection for the homeless between 12th November and 17th December 2012

It is coming up to that time of year when AVOW are looking at collecting food and clothing for the homeless and vulnerable people of the County Borough of Wrexham.

Over the past three years AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) through the SURF (Service User Reaching Forward) Project has had a tremendous response from people and communities in the Wrexham area. Last year the donations were treble those of previous years. Thanks to the substantial level of donations AVOW was able to provide over 100 parcels of food and clothing for distribution at times when other services in the County were closed for the festive period.

This year, AVOW have partnered with Ysgol Rhiwabon as part of the Welsh Bac Qualification. The school’s students have hours dedicated to ‘Community Participation’ and have decided to organise a food bank in school. Sixth form students will be sorting the items which are donated and distributing them to the homeless and vulnerable in areas such as Ruabon, Cefn Mawr and Acrefair.

AVOW are asking for food donations that can be easily heated such as ring pull cans, pot noodles, cup a soups and other ambient food such as crisps, biscuits, and chocolate bars. AVOW are also looking for warm clothing, hats, scarfs and fleeces etc. Financial donations would also be welcome to help the collection.

The collection will take place from 12th November until 17th December 2012. The Christmas Homeless Collection Points for donations will be based in Tŷ Avow, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham; Plas Madoc Opportunities Centre and Ysgol Rhiwabon, Ruabon.

AVOW is also planning a “sleep out” on 7th December 2012. People from differing backgrounds are taking part and are looking for sponsors to support this worthy cause by giving whatever they can no matter how small.

The sleep out which was first held in 2009 started from a small idea shared by two friends who volunteered together on the SURF project and the appeal and your support has gown year on year. Due to the ever increasing level of those affected by homelessness we hope that with your support the sleep out will continue to be successful.

Peter Jones, the Substance Misuse Volunteer Co-ordinator, who has been coordinating the project for the last four years, said: Since I joined the project I have met some amazing volunteers, service users and members of the public. They have inspired me and given me and others the determination to continue to support those affected with homelessness, giving them a chance to make a change and have food in their belly. We all have hope that we can rely on your support.

Please check AVOW’s Facebook page and Twitter; websites www.avow.org and www.ysgolrhiwabon.co.uk for more updates.

Thank you in anticipation of your support. Should you need further information please contact peter.jones@avow.org or call 01978 312556.

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