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.
A basket remains in place in the cathedral; 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 or brought to the Child Bishop and Toy Service on Sunday December 6 and will be distributed by the Salvation Army. (The Child Bishop is enthroned as a sort of Lord of Misrule; a mediaeval custom which has been revived!)
Dementia Forward are making some changes to their annual Mince Pies and Memories; the suggestion is that any day throughout December you can host a virtual party or one in your bubble to learn something new about one another or reminisce.
Further information about the valuable work that Dementia Forward do can be found at www.dementiaforward.org.uk
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. Please think of donating if you find that after opening your Christmas presents you now have an extra sweater or coat that need a new home!
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.
Jennyruth Workshops recently published a really interesting Impact Report which highlights how much the charity was able to achieve during a very difficult year and looks at plans for the coming year. Please do read about this very valuable community based charity and do visit their on-line shop this Christmas!