4th Jul, 2020

Droitwich's Maria launches campaign to keep the homeless warm this winter

Tristan Harris 19th Nov, 2019 Updated: 19th Nov, 2019

A WOMAN has launched a campaign to provide packages for the homeless to keep them warm over the festive season.

Maria Dunn, who is from Droitwich and works at Fernhill House Care Home, has tasked herself with raising £150.

She has launched a GoFundMe page for the project but said any donations of items, such as hats, gloves, coats, scarves and jumpers would also be welcome.

She carried out the idea on a smaller scale last year with her boyfriend Jack Fidgett, funding it with her own money and buying items from charity shops to help those living rough on the streets of Worcester.

She was inspired by the ‘I am Not Lost’ campaign where items of warm clothing were left on benches and tied to lamp posts so homeless people could have them.

Maria said this year, if the funds or donations allowed, she would also like to provide sleeping bags or duvets as well to ensure those forced to live on the streets were kept warm.

“I decided, after always having those who struggle on the streets on my mind and in my heart, this year I wanted to do something myself to help.

“I am lucky enough to be in a warm home throughout the cold months, and I would love to help the homeless stay as warm as possible this Christmas.”

Last year Maria managed to collect items to make several packs.

This year she is hoping to make at least 15 parcels for those who really need it but would love to help as many people as possible.

“I really think it’s so important for us lucky enough to be with family and in warm homes, to give to those less fortunate.

“The harsh weathers are dangerous for people on the streets and it would be incredible if I can have the help to give, just a little bit more.

“Just a little can make someone’s day, keep them warm and even better, let them know they are not alone and that they are important.”

Click here to pledge cash or to contact Maria about donating items.

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