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Great success of the 4th Homeless Collection!

For the 4th year running, we have been overwhelmed by the response from the community. Residents of Wrexham County Borough have shown their generosity and greatly supported homeless people in Wrexham through their donations, to help them during this winter.

It has been the 4th AVOW Collection for Homeless in Wrexham, which began on 12th November and finished on 17th December 2012. This year, AVOW have partnered with Ysgol Rhiwabon as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. The school’s students have hours dedicated to ‘Community Participation’ and have decided to organise a food bank in school. Sixth form students sorted the items donated which will be distributed to homeless and vulnerable in areas such as Ruabon, Cefn Mawr and Acrefair.

People and businesses from Wrexham County Borough have donated an amazing amount of food, clothes, sleeping bags and contributions.

AVOW and the SURF project have had an amazing response to the appeal again this year, having received clothing, food and sleeping bags, which enabled us to provide food for a Christmas party at the local drop in with everyone having a box of chocolates, a present and a food parcel with a warm fleece and diary. We have also been able to put together over 60 food parcels which will be given out on Christmas Eve to see people through the bank holiday and more will be put together for the New Year as well.

Online donations are still open through www.justgiving.com/AVOW-Homeless-Collection

Peter Jones, Co-ordinator of the Collection of Homeless in Wrexham said: Once again this year I am amazed at the amount of donations made to the project now in its fourth year.  The people of Wrexham have shown that even in such difficult times they are still able to support those less fortunate than themselves. I cannot say thank you enough. I would also like to thank the students at Ysgol Rhiwabon for their help

Pat Gooding, Director 14-19 Studies in Ysgol Rhwiabon said: “Ysgol Rhiwabon students have been involved in the project for the first time this year as part of their community work within their Welsh Baccalaureate programme of study. They have benefitted greatly from the experience and now have a greater insight into the plight of the homeless in the locality as well as nationally”.

The goods were packed by volunteers last Tuesday and will be distributed At the Christmas party and the food parcels given out to service users on Christmas eve

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