OPGS Students collect over 1900 items for the Maidstone Day Centre
Thanks to parents, students and staff at OPGS, over 1900 items have been donated to the ‘You Can Help’ Christmas Appeal set up by the Maidstone Day Centre in conjunction with the Kent Messenger. Maidstone Day Centre has been caring for the town’s homeless and vulnerable people for almost 30 years. Every day they provide hot showers, clean clothes and home cooked meals for the men and women who come to them for help. Their main focus is on homelessness but since 2005 they have been running a community food share programme, Food for Thought. They collect surplus food from local traders and redistribute it to those who would otherwise go hungry. As well as using the food in the Day Centre kitchens they deliver to school breakfast clubs, children’s organisation and those for elderly people who are faced with the dilemma of paying the bills or buying food. In the run-up to the Christmas period, the charity is seeking donations of food supplies and toiletries which will be used for the town’s homeless and vulnerable people.
Ms Bevan, Deputy Headteacher, commented, ‘I would like to thank parents and students for such an overwhelming response to the campaign and also to the Year 12 students and Year 11 prefects for organising the collection so effectively.’