Kind-hearted Rhondda Cynon Taf Council staff have donated a van-full of food, clothes and toiletries for those most in need this Christmas, as part of their annual festive campaign.
The authority is once again supporting local charities Adref and Llamau in the run-up to Christmas, with staff across the Council donating goods to help others.
Adref runs an annual appeal for food and gifts for those less fortunate than others every year. The items, including food, chocolates and biscuits, toiletries and clothing will go to those who are, or have been, affected by homelessness.
Items donated to staff will go to those who are being supported in homes, hostels and on the streets across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr.
Adref has been running for 25 years and assists those who are living on the streets and also those who are in difficulty and face losing their homes. It runs four hostels and has two charity shops which work to raise fund but also to upskill and develop employability skills.
As well as its festive appeal, the charity continues to appeal for donations all the year through, especially for non-perishable food and drink items and toiletries or clothing.
Council staff are also showing their support for Llamau, Wales' leading charity for vulnerable women and young people affected by homelessness.
As well as collecting items and presents for donations, the Council is also keen to promote Llamau's ongoing crowdfunding campaign, to raise the money needed to open a Youth Homeless Helpline, which will be the first of its kind in Wales.
It will offer out of hours and weekend services for young people who find themselves homeless and with nowhere and no one to turn to.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: "We work with Adref and Llamau throughout the year and their services are closely aligned with, and complementary of, our housing and social services provision.
"Last year, our appeal to staff for donated items was such a success, we decided to run it again in 2017 and are pleased to have been able to collect such a huge amount of food, toiletries and clothes, all of which will go to the people who need them the most.
"My huge thanks to all staff who have contributed to the appeal and, once again, made it such a huge success. I would also like to send festive greetings and best wishes to the staff and volunteers at Adref and Llamau and the many hundreds of men, women and children they support."
Posted on Thursday 21st December 2017