Local people back the Rucksack Project
Late last year we hosted a 'Rucksack Project' collection day at our community.
The idea of the project was to collect as many donated rucksacks as possible, into which people put items that would be useful to someone living on the street. We asked people for rucksacks containing hats, scarves, warm clothes, coats, toiletries, underwear, socks, non-perishable food items and a thermos flask.
We advertised the project via facebook, Twitter and the local papers and gained enough interest for interviews on local and BBC radio stations.
On the day we were totally overwhelmed....... We had donations of 106 rucksacks and a quantity of other items on the day. These additional items have subsequently made additional packs raising the total to more than 120 complete rucksacks.
All of the rucksacks were distributed to people living on the street over Christmas. We had more than we needed for Bolton and this enabled us to go further afield, including Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Middleton and Wigan.
Many of the communities' companions were involved in the distribution of the the rucksacks through various partners, soup kitchens and drop in centres.
The project was such a success that we are planning to run it again in a few month's time.
The picture shows some of the rucksacks loaded in the car ready to go out.