County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank opened for Easter yesterday. We had a raffle, free Easter eggs for families with children and brand new smart clothes, suitable for interview, paid for by a donation from the Northern TUC. Thank you to all who contributed to the Clothing Bank.
The Northern Echo came to visit us and took photographs. Keep a look out in the paper over the next few days.
It was busy, really busy -which is good for us but also dreadful that people are in such dire straits.. We were able to help two very pregnant ladies by giving them a buggy each, some baby clothes, a car seat, baby wipes and nappies. We were also able to help some of our homeless friends with clothes and toiletries. As we keep saying, the gratitude of those we help is humbling for all our volunteers- but also makes us so sad.
The raffle raised £134- thank you to all who bought tickets or donated prizes. We could not do it without you. We will let you know what we decide to use the money for.
And to finish with a quote from Oscar Wilde which our fat cat politicians may want to take note of: “To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less”.