Leanne Wood has thanked the generosity of people who donated to a Christmas hamper appeal for the homeless.
For the fourth year running, the Rhondda AM opened up her office for food donations for the appeal run by Adref, who support homeless people in Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough and Merthyr.
The amount of food, toiletries and Christmas treats dropped off at Leanne’s office was the biggest collection yet. As well as a cash donation to accompany the supplies, there was also a large number of crocheted woollen blankets donated from a local family who made them with unpicked wool from second hand jumpers.
Adref have said that they were able to make in total 154 Christmas hampers made up of food, treats, hats, gloves, socks, chocolate and gifts, as well as 63 children’s hampers of toys, books and chocolate. In addition, 33 gift hampers were made up without food for those living in B&B accommodation.
A spokeswoman for the charity added: “We have also been able to create a stock of emergency cold weather items for our rough sleepers for the New Year.”
Leanne said: “Once again, I have been blown away by the generosity of the people who gave to this appeal. This large collection will go a long way to making Christmas better for those who have the least.
“It sends out a message, loud and clear, that people care. This will mean a lot at Christmas to those, including many children sadly, who will benefit from the hamper donations.
“Homelessness is an increasing problem in Wales. It is a national scandal that should never have been allowed to get this bad.
“Until there is a lasting package of measures that eradicate homelessness, the work of charities like Adref will be vital in bringing support, compassion and kindness to the homeless and those under threat of being made homeless.
“I thank everyone once again who donated food, other supplies, money or blankets to my office. It is much appreciated.”