Friends’ good deed on street
A Group of friends from Aberdare travelled to Cardiff to give sleeping bags, toiletries and clothes to homeless people.
A grouP of friends travelled to Cardiff to donate sleeping bags, toiletries and clothes to homeless people living outside in the freezing cold.
organised by friends Anthony trow and samantha owens, the good deed on Thursday evening saw a team of 20 volunteers travel to the capital from Aberdare.
Dad-of-two Anthony, 33, said: “it was just something i started doing about five years ago, when i had one of those moments, seeing people at Christmas on the streets, in that sort of horrific weather.
“And it’s just got a bit bigger every year we do it. it’s slowly becoming more systematic.
“Coming up to Christmas, you have a lot of people getting rid of old stuff and, while we would love to be able to carry 100 medium coats or tops down to Cardiff, we have to be a bit practical.”
so the group, who are all from the Valleys and with volunteers as young as 14, this year took dozens of string bags containing useful items such as sanitary towels, toothbrushes and food packs, as well as items like sleeping bags for those on the streets.
The travel was provided for free by local firm Boultons mini Buses, with the food boxes arranged by Amy Banyard containing sandwiches, cake, juice and chocolate.
Anthony, who works at a children’s home, said it was “vital” things like this are done, adding: “You get people who are hardened to homelessness, but they are just as much in need as the person who is sitting there quietly.”
Karla Burke, one of the volunteers, added: “We bought them hot food, hot drinks and even gave them greggs gift cards to ensure they could have a warm something in their bellies. i am so proud to be part of this team seeing how they live in this Baltic weather.”
The group will be travelling to Cardiff again on December 23, and ask anyone who would like to donate or get involved to email anthony.d.trow@gmail. com.
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