KH Hair in Arnold has launched an initiative to help the homeless this winter by collecting donations of much-needed items that will be distributed in Nottingham to those who need them most.
Generous salon staff and clients have already started collecting items including shoes, warm clothing, food and toiletries which will be delivered to the Salvation Army’s William Booth Memorial Halls on 11 December and handed out to homeless people visiting the weekly Wednesday Kitchen.
KH Hair salon manager, Helen Stilwell, says: “There seems to be more press than ever about homeless people in winter this year and it has really touched me seeing how people try to cope on the streets. It’s horrible to think we are all cosy in our homes while there are people out there desperately trying to keep warm. I initially asked my work colleagues and friends to help but the response from our generous clients has been amazing too.”
The Wednesday kitchen is provided by the Salvation Army in partnership with S.A.F.E (Supporting Arms Feeding Everyone). Salvation Army volunteer, Sharon Page, says: “We are very grateful to KH Hair for their help and support this winter. Towards the end of the year everyone always seems busier than usual so it’s really great when people still take the time to think of others who are less fortunate than themselves.
“We have around 100 guests who visit our centre on Wednesday nights for a hot meal and a warm place to sit for a while. It is fabulous we are able to offer them the added service of some warm, comfortable clothes to change into, a dry sleeping bag, a tent for shelter, toiletries and many other items that are only available thanks to the kindness of others who are willing to support us in this way.”
Helen is looking for donations of sleeping bags, tents, pillows, trainers/boots/shoes, coats, gloves, hats, rucksacks, socks, pyjamas, new underwear, trousers, jumpers and food.
“Our aim is to give people a sense that someone cares and that they are not invisible.” she adds.
Donations will be gratefully received at the KH Hair salon on High Street in Arnold until Tuesday 10th December.