On October 20th, we welcomed Boroughbridge Primary School to St James’ Church for their Harvest Festival Service. All the year groups had wonderful things to share – poems, artwork, songs and model farms. some had made bread, and we looked at how bread is made in the service. Then we shared some!
Year 6, the oldest children in the school, had really thought things through, and this is what they said:
‘For harvest festival this year we wanted to give thanks for wonderful things we have but also take time to reflect on others who may not be as lucky as we are.
We decided to have a collection of non-perishable foods to donate to Harrogate Homeless Project for their shelter. Harrogate Homeless project help people by giving them a bed for the night, listening to people who need to talk, providing hot meals and doctors’ appointments for those who need medical care.
Year 6 invited Jenni from the Harrogate Homeless Project in talk about what it is like to be homeless and how we can help.
We were surprised to find out how many people are homeless in our area. We found out that homeless doesn’t necessarily mean living on the streets. Anyone without a permanent address could be homeless.
- In England in 2007 about 498 people slept rough each night.
- In 2016 there were over 4000 people sleeping rough.
- In December 2016, Shelter estimated homelessness in England to amount to more than 250,000 people.
If you would like to help, please do so by donating warm clothes, blankets or non-perishable foods to the shelter. Even a simple smile to someone will help them feel better. We would like to end with a big thank you to all the people who have supported our campaign to help.’
Maybe we could take a leaf out of the Primary School’s book, and use our Harvests next year to support a local homelessness charity?