Churches collect for homeless in West Norfolk
2009: As the cold weather is on its way, churches in King's Lynn are organising a Christmas brown bag collection for the homeless and poorest residents of the West Norfolk town.
The King's Lynn Churches Together group were invited to participate in the collection at the request of a local police officer in King's Lynn whose mother has been involved in a brown bag collection in the Bristol area for some years.
Churches will co-ordinate the filling of the bags with donated food and other essentials which will then be distributed to the homeless in the town and to those who visit The Purfleet Trust. The Trust offers advice on housing, re settlement and employment, as well as offering hot food on a daily basis.
John Belfield from King's Lynn Churches Together says, "Over the Christmas period, Christians in King's Lynn are increasingly reaching out to the homeless, the lonely, and those who are mostly house-bound and the elderly. For the second year running we will be supporting the Purfleet Trust - a local charity which works with the homeless - to entertain as close to a 100 local needy folk as we can get in and feed on Christmas Day. We regularly collect food and clothing to support Purfleet. This is our first attempt at a brown bag collection and as yet we don't know how the idea will take off. Watch this space!"
The types of items collected are non-perishable foodstuff such as powdered milk, biscuits, pasta, tea bags and cans of fruit and vegetables and also toiletries including toothbrushes, toilet paper and washing powder
If churches or individuals in the King's Lynn area would like to get involved, please contact John on 01553 774303 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.