Nescot’s Hair and Beauty team have launched their third annual appeal to support vulnerable young people.
Lisa Charles, the department’s team manager, is appealing for shoeboxes full of small items that can be and given to homeless people this Christmas via the charity Centrepoint.
Items could include baby wipes, a hat, gloves, scarf, warm socks, a book or magazine, a toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash, chocolate or sweets, and sanitary towels and tampons.
Items that should not be included include aerosol sprays, such as antiperspirant or dry shampoo, or razor blades.
“These are really small items, but they could make the world of difference to a young person facing Christmas on the streets,” Lisa said.
“Being homeless is frightening and overwhelmingly isolating, and it strips you of your dignity. We hope these gifts can help people get some of their dignity back, for example by helping them feel cleaner.
“Most importantly, though, we hope these gifts will show that there are people who care about them and what they’re going through.”
Frances Rutter, Principal and CEO of Nescot, said: “This appeal is particularly close to our hearts, because we work with young people every day.
“Christmas is an especially difficult time to be homeless, so we hope that as a college community we can collect as many donations as possible.”
The boxes should be wrapped up and labelled as being aimed at a male or female, and taken to the reception in the Skills Park before Friday December 8.