Traditionally, the Salvation Army has distributed parcels of Festive Food to needy families during the days before Christmas. This year more than ever, the need to give these families some seasonal cheer is really important.
Although the cathedral is closed for worship, it remains open for private prayer and Food Bank donations and a basket will remain in place. The sort of items needed are: portions of cake, puddings, mince pies (watch the expiry date), tinned ham, chocolates and selection boxes for children.
If you prefer to take them directly to the Salvation Army on Lead Lane, Ripon – they are open Mon/Tues/Wed from 10 am until 3pm.
We will also be collecting toys, games, jigsaws and books. Gifts should be new and unwrapped and can be for all ages from babies to teenagers; these can be donated using the food basket and will be distributed by the Salvation Army.
Ripon City of Sanctuary is running a clothing drive this winter. Sadly people seeking sanctuary often arrive in the UK with only the clothes on their back. The clothing collection has been halted due to lockdown but is likely to reopen for a month in spring
The charity would also love it if people would like to offer a few small but NEW gifts for a Syrian family due to arrive in Ripon in December – husband, wife, daughter of six and sons aged 13 and 16. For example, a game, some fruit, etc. For ideas/to co-ordinate, please contact RCoS.
Ripon City of Sanctuary would also like to invite people to a Zoom public talk about asylum issues – with time for Q&As at the end.