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Day 13 of ubu’s Unite@Christmas

Our thirteenth ‘Sparkle’ Event and Christmas Song, Joke and Poem Competition

Stefanie who lives with greater independence, enabled by ubu in the East Midlands sent us a fantastic video of the ‘Sparkling’ event she and her friends and neighbours put together for their local community.

“We talked about Christmas and what was important to us at this time of year. We want to be with our family and friends, have presents and eat a delicious Christmas dinner. But we know that some people don’t have any chance of enjoying these things. This can be one of the most difficult times of the year for some people.”

Stefanie and her friends point out that the homeless will still be homeless at Christmas. “They might not have food, clothes or anywhere to get a hot drink so we thought we’d like to help them. We did think about donating money to the various charities that help and where homeless people can get support. But after making a few enquiries and some patience we found a place where we would be able to be get involved, do something to help and find out what it can be like to be without a home at Christmas.”

They organised buying and preparing food and gifts for the homeless people in their area and then how to get these special packages and meals to them. “We wanted to make sure that on at least one night we could help to make sure that homeless people would get meal.”

“We got our ‘Sparkle’ event organised with a local school. They let us use their kitchen to prepare the meal. We decided to make a turkey stew and dumplings and chocolate sponge for dessert! So to get started we all went shopping for the ingredients and then made up some bags for them with some toiletries, warm socks and gloves and some treats as well as fruit and chocolate”.