Acts of kindness across campus

Posted by nm365 at Mar 18, 2020 09:40 AM |
Spread positivity and support to those most in need

There are many people living in poverty or experiencing times of crisis that means they have to make choices between heating their home, paying their rent, eating or being clean. To help alleviate the pressures a little, there are hygiene banks set up across the country where people can donate items and those in need can collect them.

Now you can make a donation on campus with hygiene collection banks set up at key locations. The main collection point is in the Post Room with collection points across campus at Astley Clarke, 152-154 Upper New Walk, the library, Attenborough Tower (7th floor), Adrian Building (2nd floor) and many more locations.

Richard Gamble, a colleague in the maintenance team, has organised collection points across the University. Richard said: “Thanks go to the health and wellbeing team who have kindly sponsored the posters and to our Vice-Chancellor Nishan Canagarajah who has endorsed the campaign.”

Items most needed include sanitary products, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, shaving kits (male and female), deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel and washing powder. Sanitary products are in particularly high demand in Leicester.

Colleagues are also supporting others with a foodbank collection point in David Wilson Library. The collections from there will be donated to the local Malcolm Arcade in Leicester city centre. The next donation leaves campus on Wednesday 25 March.

Dr Cara Dobbing, Library Assistant said: “The charity reported a 60% drop in donations last week, which is really impacting the people who need food and essentials the most.

“Anything you are able to give at this time would be much appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please take your items to the library front desk.”

Items the food bank particularly need are UHT milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned veg, tinned fish, tinned meat, tinned fruit, rice, pasta, cereals, one litre cooking oil, tea, coffee and sugar. The collection point will also accept monetary donations – this may be useful if you’d like to donate but are struggling to source items at the moment.

For more information about both charities head to The Hygiene Bank and Action Homeless.

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