Rhondda AM Leanne Wood is to use her constituency office in the run-up to Christmas as a drop-off points for goods for a Welsh charity for homeless people.
The Plaid Cymru Leader is calling on people to call by with non-perishable foods so local charity Adref can make up hampers for homeless people in RCT and Merthyr. Last year, Adref distributed 91 hampers but they say the need is greater this year due to increasing levels of homelessness.
The charity is looking for items such as tinned foods (including meat and fish), chocolate and ‘Christmas goodies,’ tea, coffee, drinking chocolate, dried milk and sugar. They are also collecting jams and preserve, crisps, pot noodles, squash and juice along with toiletries and women’s personal hygiene items.
Ms Wood said it was important to remember homeless people, particularly at this time of the year.
“Homelessness is something that can affect almost anyone through no fault of their own, and is entirely avoidable” said the Rhondda AM. “A sudden loss of employment, a benefits sanction or the breakdown in a relationship can see someone on the streets in a matter of weeks or even days.
“Being homeless is tough at any time of the year but it is worse at Christmas. At the height of winter it’s colder but also because Christmas is especially hard when people are alone. When families are generally brought together to celebrate, it can be difficult when there is no one close to turn to.
“This is why the work of Adref is so important. The donations are one way all of us can show compassion towards people in need.
“If anyone can spare some non-perishable items for the hampers for the homeless, it will go some way to helping those most in need of it.”
Leanne’s office can be found at 68 Pontypridd Road, Porth (opposite the dental teaching unit at Leith House). The office can be contacted on 01443 681420.
If anyone is unable to donate food for Adref but would like to make a cash donation, they can by clicking on the following link.