December has arrived, and with it, all the joys of the festival season. This Christmas, JT is encouraging the community to make a difference to those less fortunate by giving essentials to local shelters and to Join Together.
JT staff will be taking part in a reverse advent calendar. This is the concept of collecting essential items in a box every day in the lead up to Christmas. Then, delivering these to those who truly need them the most on Christmas Eve. JT employees will be filling their boxes with items needed by The Shelter Trust in Jersey, St Julian’s House in Guernsey and, The Community Food Bank in Croydon. Tamara O’Brien, Deputy Managing Director of Guernsey, at JT said: The holiday season is a time when most people’s thoughts turn to being with those you love and sharing gifts. But for some, the season may bring feelings of despair rather than joy.
JT are committed to supporting our local community. Through our reverse advent calendar initiative, we want to join together as a community.” She added: “JT would also like to extend an invite to Islanders to get involved. Especially to donate what they can. You may even have a toiletry gift set that you received last year that you haven’t used. Or even if you are prepared to go out and buy something that you know others will cherish. Whatever you can provide, it will make a real difference at this important time of year.”
The public are being asked to deliver any items they wish to donate to JT’s store on Queen Street in Jersey. Or to The High Street in Guernsey. Here a large box will be provided for donations. JT will arrange that the items are delivered to the shelters in time for Christmas Day.
Neville Benbow, Chairman, The Shelter Trust, said: “We are just over three weeks away from Christmas, and that means shopping, presents and time spent with family and friends. While most are fortunate enough to have the right environment to appreciate
the festive period fully, the shelters do see the numbers of residents rising. By joining in this initiative and giving something special to our residents, you can help them make their Christmas the best it can possibly be. We are extremely grateful to JT for making this happen and to all those who are donating.”
Notes to the editor:
The Jersey Shelter Trust is the largest provider of services for homeless people in Jersey. They offer accommodation for up to 100 homeless people from four sites around St Helier and St Saviour. They also provide an Outreach service, for ‘rough sleepers’ in partnership with the Jersey Homeless Outreach Group. And, they support former residents who now live in their own homes, but need ongoing support.
Issued by Leonie Hervé at Direct Input, telephone 01534 735253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on Jersey Shelter please visit the website: www.shelter.org.je