5th Ilkley Brownies
5th Ilkley Brownies donated Christmas care-packages to Bradford homeless this year.
The seven to ten year old girls had been collecting useful items since September to put together more than sixty gift bags for The Bradford Soup Run as part of learning about their community.
Leaders supplied the Brownies with toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and hand warmers whilst the girls collected wet wipes, tissues, sweets, chocolate, cereal bars and socks - one of the most needed, but least donated items to homeless people.
The items were then put into a small bag with a Christmas card wishing the recipient a Merry Christmas.
The Bradford Soup Run serves a meal to homeless people on the streets of Bradford every Friday night and gives them a pack-up to take with them.
At Christmas the charity gives every homeless person who visits them a Christmas dinner as well as a present of warm clothing. The Brownies wanted to add to the Christmas present.
John Tempest, director of The Bradford Soup Run, said in his annual Christmas card:
“[5th Ilkley Brownies] supported us with many and varied items, all bagged up and ready to give out to those we meet on our Soup Runs."
“But what really impressed was the understanding of our work as well as the perceptive and probing questions asked by these seven year old girls."
“I rather suspect there’ll be more than a few rising stars in the future emanating from this unit. And a credit to not just their parents, but also the Brownie Unit leaders.”
The leaders of 5th Ilkley Brownies said:
“The girls really enjoyed putting together the care packages, one of the girls even said “helping the homeless is so fun” but without the continued support of parents and adult helpers our unit wouldn’t be as successful as it is.”