Manchester-based children’s charity Wood Street Mission is appealing for people to donate chocolate eggs and non-perishable food this Easter in order to help families in poverty.
What is the Wood Street Mission?
Founded by Alfred Alsop in 1869, the charity was set up to aid families living in the Deansgate slums surrounding the now-closed Central Station. In the late 19th century many adults and children worked in the factories across Manchester and lived alongside one another in the poor conditions of the slums. Today the charity extends its reach to families across all the wards of Manchester and Salford, but its aim to relieve the effects of poverty remains the same.
We hear of poverty abroad but it also exists on our own doorsteps. Many families across the region are living in poverty every day, struggling to provide the basic necessities of food and clothing for their children. The Wood Street Mission provide practical help for these families by donating clothing and food that they otherwise may not be able to afford.
The Easter mission
Families in need often find holiday times especially hard, and they may not be able to afford to buy their children the things most of us take for granted such as a simple Easter egg. This is why every year Wood Street Mission provide children up to the age of 16 with chocolate eggs, so that they have something to unwrap this Easter.
School holidays can be a stressful time for many parents who may struggle with the pressure of providing meals for their children who would usually receive free school dinners during the week. This is why Wood Street Mission also provide additional help for parents in the form of a large food hamper made up of everyday essentials and little luxuries, to help them over the extended school break.
How can I help?
You can help this great cause by donating Easter eggs or any non-perishable food items to the Wood Street Mission. The more items they receive, the more families they will be able to help this Easter. (Tip – When donating food items, please make sure the expiry date is no earlier than the end of April 2015. Non-perishables include tins of meat, fish, vegetables and soups; packets of pasta, noodles and rice; packets of tea, coffee and other beverages; boxes of cereal or savoury snacks; and puddings and biscuits.)
To arrange a collection for your donation please call the office on 0161 834 3140. Donations will be distributed to families before the school holidays, so no donations can be accepted after the Easter break.
Spread the word
You can also help to spread the word of the Easter project by displaying an appeal poster in your neighbourhood or workplace. To find out more simply email Wood Street Mission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more
Wood Street Mission run projects to help families in need throughout the year. To find out more about the charity and the great work they do, head over to their website, follow them on Twitter @WoodSt_Mission or check out their Facebook.