House-on-the-Hill customers will be familiar with the fact that, instead of sending out Christmas cards, we put our efforts into making donations and contributions to various different charities, and this year has been no exception.
We have always been keen to sponsor charitable organisations that help homeless people and have this year discovered the incredible work done by Manchester-based charity The Booth Centre. This not-for-profit organisation is one of the country’s leading day centres for homeless people, and offers medical support, clothing, food, shelter and advice, plus recreational activities and awards to help build confidence and skills. So, after collecting scarves, hats, gloves, and other warm clothes, HotH Director Iain took our offerings, donations and some mince pies to the centre.
House-on-the-Hill also continues to support CentrePoint: a charity that helps to give homeless young people a future though offering support, housing, mentoring schemes and careers advice. The charity has support centres located across Greater London and the North East that offer accommodation and access to education and health services.
Christmas time also means that HotH sends gifts via the charity World Vision to two sponsored children: a boy named Vincent living in Zimbabwe and a girl called Lisbet living in Bolivia. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. HotH have been sponsoring Vincent and Lisbet for many years now, which has included sending and receiving letters to follow their progress: something that has been made possible by World Vision’s mission to help children affected by chronic poverty.
And last but not least! The HotH office put together Christmas shoeboxes to be sent to children living in poverty across the world via Operation Christmas Child: a fantastic project put together by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. Sending the shoeboxes full of toys, sweets, hats, and toiletries means that disadvantaged children can receive a gift at Christmas time, and one that has been personally picked out, packed and sent.