You have no doubt realised that it is the 1st of December today but you may not know that it is also the International Day of Giving known as #GIVINGTUESDAY http://givingtuesday.org.uk/
We at BYHP have been very fortunate in recent weeks since we launched our #BYHPChristmas Campaign as we have had a number of kind donations given to us, offers of time, goods and money.
Those donations were as a result of a bit of fun we put together at the start of November, a few weeks after I joined BYHP. I asked the team and some of the young people we work with what we urgently needed around the place so that we could suggest options to the many extremely kind people who contact us wanting to support BYHP.
And so was born our Santa Wish List!
12 items which people could choose from to help us.
Of course there is a way to donate money https://localgiving.com/charity/byhp/project/Unlocking-Potential but we also identified 11 other items on the list as to how people could help.
So, we thought from the start of December we would feature one item per day – with the first one being
a free standing double oven.
Some time ago, Buywise in Parsons Street, Banbury very kindly donated a cooker when our one broke down but as we prepare food throughout the year for all our service users it has been very well used and we now need an upgrade. As we cook Christmas dinner for our homeless young people (this year our special event is on 23rd December) we really need a much bigger oven so we can fit everything in for up to 30 young people, staff and volunteers.
So, a quick search on the internet gives you ones like this – although we always encourage people to #shoplocal and support Banbury businesses - http://www.appliancesdirect.co.uk/st/double-oven-electric-cookers - but you get the idea!
Such a cooker will enable our amazing volunteers like Tina and Alison to continue to create wonderful, nourishing food for the many young people we support from the fresh items donated by Food for Charities along with those food bank staples such as pasta twists!
It will also help us train many young people how to cook for themselves and the rest of their peers, a skill which many who start attending BYHP’s sessions acquire over time which encourages greater social interaction and engagement – and we all know how important sitting down to a meal together is for getting a sense of family.
If you would like to help us with the first item on our Santa Wish List, or to donate a specific item, please contact Linda.Slide@byhp.org.uk. To make a donation of money please go to https://localgiving.com/charity/byhp
Many Thanks & Merry Christmas.
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