December saw the delivery of 160 shoe boxes full of essentials for the homeless and vulnerable -such as toiletries, sweets, gloves – to be distributed to men and women across Medway and Kent, who are experiencing homelessness this Christmas, whether this is on the streets or in temporary, or short term accommodation.
Pathways to Independence staff were overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit and kindness shown by people of Kent and Medway, who have gone to such trouble and effort; people have been so thoughtful in their choice of items and have wrapped up their boxes with such care, each one shows such kindness in the community – from one stranger to another.
The Shoeboxes of kindness were the brain child of Sarah Coccia and family, who used the power of social media to connect with friends and colleagues and galvanise community support. Sarah and her family have collected approximately 300 boxes in total during their campaign over the past few weeks and have already delivered some to the Maidstone Winter shelters.
Pathways staff will use their network within local organisations, such as One Big Family and Caring Hands, to distribute the boxes to local, vulnerable people in time for Christmas. A huge thank you to all those people who contributed – this will make someone’s Christmas a little more bearable.
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