After volunteering with the Salvation Army in late November 2017 to provide hot soup and sandwiches for those who may be homeless or rough sleeping, Susan Henderson, Langstane’s Finance Manager, was struck by how unprepared some people were for such freezing temperatures over the winter period.
Between Susan and staff at Langstane, a drive was started to gather unwanted cosy clothes such as hats, scarfs, gloves and sleeping bags.
After a successful appeal, a small team from Langstane Housing Association were happy to be able to handover the donations before the festive period. At their latest visit in January, staff saw how their donations were helping during these cold spells.
Susan Henderson, Finance Manager said “After our initial visit to the Salvation Army in November we were all struck by how cold and miserable it was for people to be out in freezing temperatures and snow without suitable winter clothing.
It was brilliant to be able to offer people a warm waterproof jacket to take away with them and this could only happen because of the donations by Langstane staff, friends and family.”
In the next mission for Susan and the team, they are looking for donations of thermal cups or flasks to enable those using the service to take away any leftover hot soup ensuring there is no waste and people can stay warm and nourished for longer.
Salvation Army – Aberdeen: https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/aberdeen-citadel