Collecting eggs for the vulnerable

By Liam O'Callaghan in Charity

FOR the third year running Chepstow charity Street Life Sarnies (SLS) will be holding their Easter egg appeal.

The charity will be collecting chocolate Easter eggs for homeless outreach teams, family homeless hostels, safehouses and night shelters across Bristol, Newport, Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.

Claire Day from SLS said the idea to collect Easter eggs came after a successful Christmas shoebox charity drive and it has since been a huge success.

“A lot of the rough sleepers have a very sweet tooth, so they like chocolate and they like treats,” she said. "So that drove us to think ‘well, we have done well with the shoebox appeal’ so we started the Easter egg campaign. Last year we collected just fewer than 3,000 Easter eggs.”

The people who SLS help are often in situations where having an egg for Easter is not a priority, through this campaign they can still experience an egg at Easter.

Mrs Day said: “The Easter eggs are going to a range of people, the homeless on the streets, which is more visible, but its also going to a huge number of families in homeless hostels so its going to children as well.

“One hostel alone in Bristol has 250 families, we have five in Cardiff that need 140 boxed eggs and all the children love the boxed eggs. There is a whole range of people that all appreciate it.”

For Mrs Day it is not just the treat an Easter egg provides which is helpful, but what a donation like that can represent.

She said: “It is fundamentally about caring, when you are in desperate crisis times you need hope and to me hope is just as important.

“If you don’t have hope you are not going to get up and fight. If somebody is giving you something and caring about you, it instills some hope to fight the next day.

“So this might just look like an Easter egg, I know it sounds cheesy, but it is actually a lot more. It is saying ‘you know what, we do care about you’.”

The public are encouraged to drop off small boxed eggs or loose eggs (eg Cadbury creme eggs) at the various collection points which have been set up in Monmouthshire.

SLS will be collecting eggs until 24th March but they will be distributing the eggs they receive before that date, so immediate donations are still encouraged.

Collection locations include the Coach and Horses in Chepstow, Chepstow Tesco, Cutz Hairdressers in Bulwark, Country Flowers in Caldicot, Flower Shed in Undy and the Wheatsheaf Pub in Magor.

For more information about collection points in Newport, Bristol, Cardiff and other surrounding areas visit the SLS Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/streetlifesarnies/ or email sls.homeless@gmail.com.

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