This year, YMCA Barry gymnasts and students of Llandough primary school have teamed up to collect and gather donations of toiletries and gifts for the homeless across Cardiff and the Vale.
The initiative was created after a call out from YMCAs requested donations for the many homeless people they serve. Increased demand for YMCAs services means homeless people are going by without the most basic of necessities, so just by having a toothbrush, a bit of toothpaste or some shower gel means they can refresh themselves and clean, which can make a big difference to their mental health and wellbeing.
The project saw over 50 shoeboxes filled with various toiletries and gloves, scarfs, hats and Christmas gifts from students at Llandough primary school. Head teacher Mark Ellis has said “its such a wonderful project to be involved with, not only are we helping the homeless in our community but we are challenging our students to think about what it means to be homeless and how we can help in the future.”
Gymnasts and parents from YMCA Barry are making a difference this year by donating toiletries and gifts for homeless men and women. Gymnast Chloe Gabb said “doing this really made me think about how tough it must be everyday to be homeless, but especially on Christmas day to have no one thinking about you is really sad. So I hope whoever receives my toiletries box will at least know that I will be thinking of them on Christmas this year.”
YMCA Cardiff support workers will be distributing the gift boxes to those most in need over the festive period.