It all started back in September said spokesman for the club, Kevin Maddox when we sent out letters to twenty schools and churches requesting help at Harvest festival time.
“Thirteen responded which enabled us to collect and collate well over a 1,000 items ranging from dried pasta, rice, tins and jars of food, biscuits, soups and other long-life items, which were sorted into emergency food bundles by our volunteers and we would like to thank everyone who contributed. The goods you have given to our food bank collection will now be sent over to three local food banks and distributed amongst those in need in the local community.
However, not content with the successful food bank appeal, Hyde Rotary Club took the project further by mounting a massive PR campaign on local radio, newspapers, community web sites and social media, on the various sites that cover the town, and the uptake was amazing with 7,490 people reading our appeal for clothes toiletries, sleeping bags, tents, gloves, woolly hats and other items that would keep the homeless warm this winter.
We then arranged a market stall on Hyde’s Civic Square which coincided with the popular Artisan Market that is organised by organised by Hyde Rotary member, Karen Dorney; we dressed the stall with Rotary banners and exterior flags and the end result was that in 5hours we collected 120 black bin bags of homeless goods that would again needed collating before finally distributing along with the Harvest food bank collection to Life-share and Mustard Tree Manchester, Wellspring Stockport, Infinity/Greystones Ashton Under Lyne, Sandwich Angels in Hyde and three local food banks.
The media picked up on our story and much praise was bestowed on Hyde Rotary Club and the Hyde community for helping to keep the homeless population in greater Manchester warm and fed in these cold winter conditions.
Hyde Rotary Club will continue to support both the homeless and our local food banks and will be setting up more donation points over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you wish to donate, please remember you can contact us on our Facebook page and someone from our team will ensure they are delivered.