Women's Aid staff overwhelmed by amount of support shown by Telegraph readers
TWENTY-four women and children are currently seeking refuge in Grimsby after escaping domestic violence.
But thanks to the generosity of people in North East Lincolnshire, their lives are being given a little lift.
Before Christmas the Grimsby Telegraph appealed for toys, clothes, books and more to be sent to the Women's Aid charity shop on Grimsby Road.
And the response from readers was outstanding, according to Gina Smith, the shop's co-ordinator.
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Not only did she receive sacks full of donated items, but cash donations also came flooding in.
"A pensioner came in with the article in his hand and handed over £100", she said.
"I nearly cried. This type of generosity is common across the area we are a very supportive community.
"We also had cheques for £50 come in."
The 12 women and 12 children who are currently seeking safety at the women's refuge in Grimsby, stay there on average for up to three months.
"Some come through the doors with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.
That is why the charity shop is such a vital lifeline as all donations received go towards helping these victims."
Gina, 56, said: "We do all we can to support these women and children. The refuge will call us up and whether a child needs clothes or a mum is moving out and needs pots and pans for a new home, we are usually able to provide this.
"We were running very low on stock when I approached the paper in December.
"So much so that we could not provide a child in the refuge with a coat.
"But since calling out to the public, donations have not stopped coming in.
"We are very grateful and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out."
The charity shop has 26 volunteers who between them give three hours of their time a week. However, Gina is always needing more people to volunteer.
Jean Gell, 75, has worked at the shop since it opened in 2005.
She said: "When I retired I wanted to do something to help others and this was the perfect way.
"I have not looked back and I leave the shop feeling as though I have done something good.
"While everything from cots to children's clothes and toys can be passed on to these women and their children, the shop is also usually a great place to pick up a bargain outfit while doing your bit.
"All the volunteers become friends and it is a very nice and relaxing atmosphere to work in."
The Women's Aid charity shop is open weekdays from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
YET again we see how well local media publicity works with regards to prompting our kind-hearted readers into action.
Today we read how the Women’s Aid charity shop in Grimsby was overwhelmed by the support shown for it, following an appeal in the Telegraph for the donation of toys, clothes, books and other goods.
The response was astonishing, with not only goods – but cash – being handed in.
The sheer volume took delighted staff by surprise and they wanted to publicly thank all those who had helped.
The initial appeal was pre-Christmas and you could have put it down to a dose of the festive spirit.
However we all know that is not the case – for whenever this paper publicises the plight of others – readers jump into action. Home is certainly where the heart is when it comes to charity deeds in this area.
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