Ruck­sacks and bags help for the home­less

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­

Peo­ple are be­ing urged to do­nate a ruck­sack or hand­bag filled with ba­sic es­sen­tial items to help the home­less this win­ter.

The cam­paign will be launched in Oban by Share Hope at Hope Kitchen on Tues­day November 13 at 2pm, co­in­cid­ing with World Kind­ness Day.

Woolly gloves, hats, scarves and toi­letries like tooth­paste, wipes, ra­zors and sham­poo are among items on the kit list.

Share Ar­gyll founder Sharon Wilkie-Jones has run a pre­vi­ous suc­cess­ful ruck­sacks and hand­bags cam­paign but hopes this will be big­ger, bring­ing in even more do­na­tions through un­til March.

‘The idea is that peo­ple get a bag they don’t need any­more or buy one from the char­ity shop and start fill­ing it with es­sen­tial ba­sic items, just adding from their weekly shop. They don’t have to be ex­pen­sive things, just items that most of us take for granted to have around.

‘It can be for a man or a woman or do for ei­ther. The bag will also be a bit of a life­line. When you are hav­ing to move from one place to an­other a lot, it helps to have some­thing safe to keep all your be­long­ings in,’ said Ms Wilkie-Jones.

Share Hope also has a cre­ative arts group that meets every Tues­day to gen­er­ate ideas for how to raise aware­ness of ru­ral home­less­ness in Ar­gyll. Share stood for Stu­dents Home­less­ness Aware­ness Rais­ing En­ter­prise but has grown to in­clude the much wider com­mu­nity since com­ing to Ar­gyll.

On Tues­day November 20, the group is host­ing a Ruck­sacks and Rebels Flash Fic­tion event, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to write 50 words about kind­ness. November 19 also marks the start of Book Week Scot­land and its theme this year is Rebels.

Any­one can join in and ei­ther drop off their 50 words at Hope Kitchen or email it to sharon@ar­gyll­ Ms Wilkie-Jones hopes to gather the con­tri­bu­tions in a new an­thol­ogy later in the year, adding to other an­tholo­gies al­ready pro­duced by the Share Ar­gyll project re­flect­ing on home­less­ness.

Share Ar­gyll was the lat­est book pub­lished by the ini­tia­tive in Oc­to­ber and also launched at Hope. The book in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from a whole host of peo­ple about their own ex­pe­ri­ences or per­spec­tives on home­less­ness.

Other pub­li­ca­tions have in­cluded Home­less Je­sus and Foot­ball Tack­ling Home­less­ness.

Share Hope cre­ative arts group mem­bers Anna-May Wood­house, Mark Stu­art, Share founder Sharon Wilkie-Jones, El­iz­a­beth Clark and Jodie Jeffery.

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