Former Hastings Mayor Richard Stevens has launched his annual ‘Sock Appeal’ for local charity Surviving Christmas this week.
Surviving Christmas opens its doors on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, providing yuletide hospitality, food, clothing and other support services for those with nowhere else to go over the festive period.
Richard has organised his sock appeal for some 22 years now.
He said: “Until I began this appeal, pairs of new, warm socks were rarely donated and they can make such a difference to those living on the streets or in cold conditions.”
This year the donated socks will be distributed not just over the two days that Surviving Christmas is open but throughout the winter with the assistance of other agencies who deal with the homeless such as St.John Ambulance, Seaview and Snowflake.
Socks can be placed in special ‘Sox Boxes’, which are located at ’ His Place Community Church’ (formerly the United Reformed Church) in Robertson Street, The Imagen Gallery and the J.D. Bar in Claremont and The History House in Courthouse Street, Old Town.
Richard added; “‘I am asking the people of Hastings to be as generous as possible once again and please include a pair or two of new, warm socks on your Christmas list.
“This is one very practical way in which we can really demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas.”
For more information on the work of the charity visit www.survivingchristmas.co.uk.
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