Throughout December Nochlezhka was collecting food, hygiene items and warm clothing for its clients. By the New Year, the city residents collected 574 gift sets. Each of them has 10 tea bags, 10 pieces of sugar, a can of beef, a can of fish, a bag of cookies, a biscuit, a toothpaste, a tooth brush, a piece of soap, a tube of lotion, a pair of socks, a razor, a hat, and a pair of gloves or mittens.
Each set also has a scarf, knit by the caring people from the Khurma project that dozens of people from Russia and all over the world participated in.
Nochlezhka will distribute the gifts at the stops of the Night Bus, the two heating points, the rehabilitation shelter at Borovaya street, and at the consulting service. The presents for the shelter residents also have candles made by the clients of the Podorozhnik organization, 167 gifts also have holiday cards painted by children and adults.
The collected food, clothing, and hygiene items that could not be placed in the gift sets will be distributed to the homeless people before and after the holidays following regular procedures.
“Despite a complex economic situation and pessimistic attitudes in the society we are glad to say that this year the city residents collected 50% more gifts than last year. They were collected by school students, employees of various companies, retired people, businessmen. Each can of food and each pair of socks are not just something that the homeless people need. They are also a gift of hope and the feeling of self-worth that the homeless people need so much” – says Viktoriya Ryzhkova, who coordinates the “Clementine and a tin of beef” project.
Nochlezhka would like to thank everyone who take part in the New Year activity by bringing the gifts, helping to assemble and transport them. In particular, we would like to thank the charity store Spasibo! (Thanks!), the photo center Phototeka, and the library named after Leps for giving us space to collect the gifts. We are also thankful to the Open Space for providing the storage facility for keeping and sorting the donations.
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