During November and December 2019 we raised funds and collected donated goods to help homeless people in our city. Our now well established “penny jar” collected loose change from our congregation and raised over £100 to buy goods for the Spring of Hope crisis centre for women. The service, which helps women often at their most vulnerable, is currently providing us with a list of items that will be most useful to them. Just a small amount can make a difference to someone when they need it most. The service describes its aim being to “transform lives through offering food, shelter, hope and support to the most vulnerable in our community. “
We also collected a range of essential clothing items for men and women during this period, as well as toiletries. The response from our congregation was amazing, and several large car fulls were taken to homelessness charities in Bristol. We hope that these items will in some way be of assistance to people.
As always, we think about acting on our second principle, the Brotherhood of Man, which inspires us to do whatever we can, whenever we can to help those that we share this life with. We are grateful to our congregation who, as always, give generously and are always willing to help.
We will let you know what the next charity will be for our “penny jar” which raised hundreds and hundreds of pounds during 2019. We’re sure it will continue to make a difference to the small local charities that are supported in 2020.