A woman from Chelmsford will be running her successful charity project for a third year running this year.
Samia Uddin from Chelmsford will be commencing her project A Small Good Thing. The project entails collecting and donating household goods to rough sleepers in Chelmsford.
Samia organises the project every summer to support two local homelessness charities CHESS and Sanctus. The project will run from 1st July – 30th September 2019.
The idea is to gather basic household essentials such as wet wipes, deodorants, toothpastes, toothbrushes, mosturisers, sunlotion, water bottles, tinned soup and socks. These will be distributed to local homelessness charities every fortnight.
Samia said: “Over the last two summers that the project has been running, more than 1500 items have been distributed between CHESS and Sanctus to give to their users.
“I was inspired to start the project back in 2017 when I got to meet residents from CHESS at an interfaith event where food was served to the homeless community. Giving is an important part of all faiths and we should do what we can to support the most vulnerable in our society.
“It’s easy to underestimate how small items can make such a huge difference to a homeless person. These are cheap daily essentials that we all depend on.
“In fact, if we all took a few minutes to look around our homes, we are likely to find a number of unused items that we no longer want, that can improve another person’s life. Homelessness is a big issue not only in Chelmsford but throughout the UK.”
“Sadly the preconception of homelessness being solely down to substance misuse or a ‘choice’ still exists. But in reality the factors which can cause homelessness are usually as a result of unemployment, lack of money, relationship breakdowns, physical and mental health challenges, trauma, abuse and addictions.”
The MP for Chelmsford Vicky Ford said: “I would like to thank Samia and all those who help with the A Small Good Thing project.
“The Government is committed to ending homelessness and local councils as well as charities such as CHESS and Sanctus do excellent work. Being able to provide people with a package of toiletries or other personal items may seem like a small thing, but it can also make a huge difference to them. Thank you to everyone for these donations”
If the public wish to donate, however big or small will be gratefully received. The items can be dropped off from 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday at The Essex Youth Service Office
(There is a wheelie bin in the gated entrance for donations to be placed in) on Chelmer Gate 193 – 196 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0LG or email Samia on [email protected] by 30th September 2019. Donations can be picked up within the Chelmsford area.