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Collecting Winter Clothes for the Homeless
November 2016

Volunteers from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir joined BAPS Charities to collect clothes for the homeless during the frigid winter period. This was a part of the Mandir’s on-going commitment to serving the needy in the local community.

A variety of warm pieces of clothing, including jumpers and jackets, were deposited at The Swaminarayan School opposite the Mandir and various other collection points. Worshippers engaged with owners of local businesses to collect clothes at their respective shops and offices.

More than 50 large bags and approximately 1,000 individual garments were collected and distributed to Crisis, the “national charity for single homeless people.”

Kirit Wadia, a lead volunteer at BAPS Charities shared his thoughts on the programme: “Being homeless brings many tough challenges but at this time of the year, it is particularly saddening. We hope that the clothes can provide some warmth and comfort to those without a roof over their heads.”

Michael Clout, Corporate Donations Coordinator at Crisis, added, “We are very grateful for the volunteers for contributing their time to help homeless people. It is one of the largest donations of clothes we have had this year and will help to keep many people warm in the cold weather.”

A further letter of appreciation from Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparks can be read here

To learn more about the work of Crisis, please click here.

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