Last week we celebrated Christmas in August. That’s right, August. It’s a little different from what most people were doing in August, but there’s a very good reason why. Last December, we were unable to hold our annual Christmas dinner for the homeless due to Covid-19. It was heart-breaking. It’s always a great event, full of joy and cheer. Although we still supported our clients and gave out Christmas gifts, it just wasn’t the same.
So, when The Northern Affinity asked if they could support us during their Christmas party for Northern businesses in August, we jumped at the chance to work with them. The Northern Affinity planned an amazing Christmas party for businesses that had regrettably had to cancel their Christmas dos last year. By working together, we were able to put on two great Christmas events! Let us tell you how.
Christmas is often a very difficult time for our clients. Many feel isolated and alone. They are estranged from family and friends. Like all homeless charities, we provide as much connection and support during this time as possible. Part of this includes our annual Christmas dinner at the local day centre for the homeless in Leeds, St Anne’s Resource Centre. As you can imagine, not being able to hold the dinner last year was devastating.
Last Wednesday, was the day of our August Christmas dinner. We served 51 homeless clients Christmas dinner and everyone had a fantastic time. We couldn’t have pulled off such an amazing day without support from St Anne’s Resource Centre, The Northern Affinity and our fantastic corporate partners.