The team of wonderful volunteers have been busy organising donations and running a host of events during the run up to Christmas, when they will take some time-off for a well deserved break.
Spotlighting the tremendous support we have received in recent weeks is truly amazing.
Thanks to local businesses for donations
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following local businesses who have donated to Gratitude.
- B&M Borehamwood for donating £200 worth of toys.
- The Works Borehamwood for donating over £600 worth of toys and stationery.
- Pioneer Borehamwood, for office collection
- Morrisroe Borehamwood, for office collection
- Homestart Watford for toys donated by Watford Football club.
- Sky Studios: Sky Cares for 200 food hampers.
- Busy Bees nursery Mill Hill for donations of toiletries.
- H.E.L Borehamwood for office groceries collection
- Albanwise Insurance Services for office collection
- BBC Elstree Studios for grocery collection
- Liberty Black – a new company donated groceries from their first months takings.
- Gorilla Watford – for a massive grocery donation
- Pentland Brands for Office collection
- Sal’s Shoes for donating 70 pairs of shiny new children’s shoes
Much needed local Support
Gratitude would like to thank Cllr Alan Plancy, Cllr Suzan Brown and Cllr Glenn Briski for their very kind WIIZ support to Gratitude’s Kids Corner.
Sharing Gratitude @ Christmas Fairs
Volunteers from the Gratitude’s Kids Corner participated in several gift fairs at local schools in the hope to share the blessings of volunteering with our growing community. They recently set up stalls at four local schools where they sold toys, stationery and treats to raise funds for our amazing Charity.
Creative @ Christmas
The highly talented and hard-working Gratitude’s Creative Club have made some beautiful Christmas wreaths and hand-made Christmas decorations to brighten up the Gratitude Hub!
Additionally, Gratitude’s Creative club received a special request from Barnet hospital to crochet some orange hats for premature babies. The generous team are planning to deliver 3 bags to Barnet in time for Christmas, together with toys and hat/blanket sets.
The team together with the volunteers from Gratitude’s Kids Corner they set up Santa’s Grotto for our youngsters to enjoy.
The volunteers of Gratitude’s Ebay shop set up stalls at two Christmas markets in the hope to raise awareness of the fantastic work carried out by our Gratitude volunteers and direct budding bidders to our amazing eBay site.
Group Volunteering for Christmas
We would like to thank the youth group of the Church of Resurrection and Living Bread, based in Edgware, for spending the day at Gratitude’s Hub. They are real stars and manage to do an amazing amount of volunteering while having fun and engaging in meaningful and philosophical discussions.
Weekend Service for Humanity at Gratitude
We were delighted to host the Magna Carta Band of Pyrates at Gratitude’s Grocery Giveaway. The Pyrates were celebrating 70 years of Service to Humanity. The 20 strong team of Pyrates were representatives from the National Association of Seadogs – Pyrates Confraternity, one of many groups of volunteers globally who stepped in to serve the community.
They worked brilliantly as a team to serve our service users quickly and efficiently. They say many hands make light work and they all did amazingly.
Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers
We would like to humbly thank all the amazing groups, schools, families, businesses, councillors, Duke of Edinburgh Award kids, charities and friends who volunteered this week at Gratitude’s Hub.
We had so much fun together with preparation for this time of the year where helping, giving, caring and sharing was the focus.
Happy Christmas🎄 to All from Gratitude
Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who are working tirelessly to set up the hub in time for
Christmas and who bring Christmas joy to our wonderful community. Sharing a few photos of the festive hub that has been decorated for the community by the community.
Please take note of Gratitude’s Christmas opening hours and dates of our Grocery Giveaways.
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Written by Carolyne Klein
Cover Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash