When Shrewsbury Councillor Miles Kenny raised an appeal for bedding, blankets and duvets for donation for homeless people back in November, the Plymouth Brethren congregation in the town rallied round to support.
Miles commented that “November is a good month for this sort of appeal as we usually have our first frosts then and people are beginning to think of giving, with Christmas coming up”.
The scheme started three years ago when Mr Kenny received a call from a resident who was having a clear out, and had some surplus blankets and wanted to put them to better use. Said Mr Kenny “So off I went to collect them. I had a Renault Scenic at the time, an MPV, and the car was filled. The following year – 2011 – I spoke with two local Charity shops – The Ark and Homes For All – about recycling these ‘rainy day’ blankets for their use. So began the first appeal.
Manager of The Ark, a drop in centre in Shrewsbury set up to help the homeless and vulnerable, said “I am very grateful to those who have given so kindly to the Blanket Appeal”. He says “A huge delivery of blankets, rugs, pillows, and mattresses was donated by the Plymouth Brethren”.
Members of the Plymouth Brethren congregation quickly showed their commitment and dedication to support this worth cause and Mr Kenny said the appeal had “generated enough donations of blankets, sleeping bags, sheets and duvets to fill a three bedroom house”.
Mr Kenny spoke of the Plymouth Brethren “They are very much involved in the community, helping the less fortunate and demonstrating their involvement. The brethren have risen to the occasion, with overwhelming generosity.”
“One other thing is that faith groups usually get a bit of a bashing, sometimes for their lack of generosity; nothing could be less true for the Plymouth Brethren, and the blanket appeal has demonstrated just that”.