Age UK East Riding has launched its annual Caring Christmas Appeal.
The charity is urging people throughout the East Riding to get involved by donating a shoebox sized Christmas hamper. The hampers will then be distributed just before Christmas to isolated and vulnerable people in the region.
Last year residents of the East Riding donated several hundred hampers which were distributed by Age UK East Riding staff, volunteers and community groups.
The hampers are always very much appreciated by the older people who receive them. One elderly resident said: “It was lovely to receive such a kind gift. The items will be very useful over Christmas and the New Year. It was nice to know that someone had made such an effort just for me.”
The shoeboxes should be filled with non-perishable food such as tins of soup, fish or fruit as well as items such as tea, coffee, biscuits and a luxury item (home-made food products and alcohol cannot be accepted). Food items must have a ‘use-by’ date of at least February 2014. Donors can also include a Christmas card with a festive greeting.
The box and lid should be wrapped separately with Christmas paper, or left unwrapped with a piece of wrapping paper enclosed.
The boxes should be delivered to the Age UK East Riding office at 16 North Bar Within, Beverley, HU17 8AX by Friday 6th December, or may be taken to any Age UK shop in the East Riding.