It is the season for plenty. Fridges and freezers are overflowing with festive treats and drinks, the house is filled with wrapping paper and cards, and everyone is filled with the usual festive panic over those last-minute gifts. However, in the hurry and rush of the festive season, it can be easy to overlook those for whom Christmas is not a day of friends, food, and celebration but instead yet another day of cold, suffering, and loneliness.
The Daylight Centre in Wellingborough seeks to change that. Founded in 1994, the centre aims to provide disadvantaged and vulnerable adults (particularly rough sleepers), those living in poverty, and those who are socially isolated.
This year, they asked their members, their family, friends, and local charities and businesses to help them in making someone’s Christmas that bit joyful. They asked for Christmas sacks filled with decorations, games, treats, and sweets as well as usual necessities such as toiletries which could be donated to those in need – including whole families.
It is now too late to donate a Christmas sack but any donations of food, time, or money at any time are always welcomed. After all, Christmas is for most of us a day of feasting and plenty whereas the people they help face a year of hardship.
To see how you could help, please visit www.daylightcf.org and learn more about their current appeals and even make a donation directly to the charity.
Merry Christmas to one and all and a Happy New Year!