Leanne Wood is asking for donations from people to make Christmas hampers for the homeless.
The Rhondda AM is opening up her office to donations for Adref’s festive hamper appeal for the fourth year running. Adref are a local charity, operating in RCT and Merthyr, who support people who have been made homeless or are on the cusp of losing their home.
As well as asking for tinned food, the charity are also appealing for other items such as toiletries, jams and preserves, biscuits, squash, dried milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice, chocolates and other ‘Christmas goodies.’
Ms Wood said the demand on charities supporting homeless people is increasing every year so it was important for people to show their support.
“Anyone who has been to Cardiff or closer to home in Pontypridd recently will have seen we are in the midst of a homelessness crisis,” she said. “It is an injustice to see matters getting worse, not better.
“I know Adref are supporting more people than ever before and that the proportion of families they are helping is also increasing.
“They also work to help people in danger of losing their homes and many of these people are in work, struggling to make ends meet on low wages. I know times are tough but if anyone can spare any of the items being asked for by Adref it will mean a lot to those in need receiving the hampers in time for Christmas.
“Every tin or item helps so any contribution, no matter how small, will be gratefully received at my office in Porth.
“The people of the Rhondda have responded magnificently to this appeal in previous years – it would great if we can keep that proud tradition going. Diolch yn fawr.”
The deadline for donating items to Leanne’s office on Pontypridd Road in Porth is Thursday December 12th.