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Volunteer Project Christmas Wrapping Event 2017, Church of Latter Day Saints

During the festive period Neighbourhood Management & Volunteering coordinate a Christmas collection of donations for those who are in greatest need in Gateshead every year. A collection point was available at the civic centre from 20th November until 20th December 2017 and there was a general call for any items that could be provided including:

  • Christmas wrapping paper materials
  • empty shoe boxes
  • small children’s toys
  • baby wipes
  • hats, scarfs and gloves
  • toiletries & hygiene products
  • hair bobbles & hair brushes
  • chocolates, sweets and other goodies

As in 2016 all 38 Sheltered Accommodation schemes within Gateshead took part.  This year there was also support from local schools and organisations including; Car Hill Primary School, Riverside Primary School and Tarmac.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Low Fell hosted the wrapping event again on the evening of Wednesday 20th December 2017.  The church members all took part and also welcomed any other volunteers along.  All involved also were provided with a cooked meal by the church members.

In 2016 in excess of 150 packages were wrapped and prepared.  This year over 450 packages were wrapped and prepared.  The Neighbourhood Management & Volunteering team then distributed these packages out to all those groups & organisations that support people most in need in Gateshead.

The organisations who received these gifts included:

  • Pattinson House
  • Young Womens Outreach Project
  • Salvation Army
  • Bensham Food Coop
  • St Chads Community Project
  • Young People Leaving Care
  • Looked after children
  • Evolve
  • Barnardo’s
  • Changing Lives
  • Oxford Terrace Medical Group
  • Gateshead Housing services

The project will be repeated again this year and the church of Latter Day Saints are once again offering their much valued support for the wrapping event.

If you would like any more information on the arrangements for the 2018 project please contact Kate Marshall on katemarshall@gateshead.gov.uk

Total Economic value of £11,070 to the community from this project.

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