When the organisers of Winter Coat Amnesty decided not to run its charity collection this year, Cool Designs Ltd (CDL) stepped into the breach with its own warm clothing scheme on behalf of Crisis Christmas.
“We took part in last year’s collection and believe it was a great success,” said Darrel Birkett, managing director of the Toshiba air conditioning distributor. “When we heard it would not be running this year, we contacted Crisis and said we would be happy to set up a collecting station on our premises, and deliver donations of warm clothing to them for distribution to homeless people.”
In addition to warm clothing, the company is inviting donations from customers, staff and family members of food and hygiene items. CDL is also extended its Children’s Christmas Appeal this year, building on the success of last year’s initiative.
“It was our first year of getting involved, and we learned some things,” says Darrell. “This year we are working with local charity, Children North East, and they advise that most people donate toys at this time of year, and there is a need for warm clothes, food and household items. So this is our focus for this year.”
CDL is working with local company Ethical Store, an ethically produced goods specialist, and buying products in bulk for distribution in December.
Alongside these initiatives, CDL is working with the Homeless Society in Cheshire, to make a donation of much needed items in its area.
If you would like to contribute to CDL’s Christmas charity appeal, contact Darrell Birkett on 0191 549 6964 or email [email protected]