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Wood Street Mission Christmas Project 2011

03 Jan 2011

Letter of thanks from Jan O'Connor, Manager.

We are writing to thank you for your generous donations of toys, food and financial donations towards this year’s Christmas Project. Once again this really was a really a bumper collection from the University of Manchester and the amount of work involved by those organising the donations and collections is greatly appreciated. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who was involved and who made donations to the 2011 appeal.

Last year we helped 3,360 local children with toys and gifts. Each parcel also included at least one book to read as well. This is part of our ongoing commitment to encourage children to engage in reading. We also gave each family a food hamper to help them through the Christmas period. This was packed with a variety of items to help the families provide a range of nutritional meals for the whole family throughout the extended Christmas holidays. We have over 1,700 local families referred to us for help this Christmas. We are now distributing the parcels to the families in plenty of time for Christmas.

We continue to support families throughout the year with clothing parcels, baby equipment, bedding and Easter Eggs as well as offering a school uniform package at the beginning of the school year. In these difficult economic times more and more families are struggling to provide basic items for their children and they are faced with increasing demands on our services with diminishing levels of donations. This is why we are grateful for the support we receive all year from the members of staff at The University of Manchester.

The families really do appreciate the support they receive. It is on their behalf that we thank you for your generosity and continued support.


Jan O’Connor
Wood Street Mission

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