Harvesting Hope: How your Harvest Festival donations can support young people in need

Harvesting Hope: How your Harvest Festival donations can support young people in need

We hate to say it… but, autumn is almost officially here!

If you didn’t know it, this time of year is about more than pumpkin-spiced lattes and cosy knits. It’s the season of harvest festivals, a time to give thanks and show some love to those in need.

The Harvest Festival might bring back memories of suddenly remembering that you need to take a spare tin of beans to assembly in the morning, or having a lonely potato shoved into your coat pocket as you set off for school. Here at Doorstep, it reminds us of the generosity shown to us year-on-year by our supporters.

That’s why we’re inviting you to join us in a donation-drive to support young people experiencing homelessness in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the surrounding area of North East Lincolnshire.

The Harvest Festival is observed on the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon, taking place around the Autumn Equinox at the end of September. This year’s equinox is Saturday, 23 September, with the closest Sunday being 1st October.

The Cost-of-Living Crisis for Young Adults:

Recent polling has shown that one in five (20%) of young people asked, say their access to regular meals has been negatively impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. We know that young people face unique barriers and are disproportionately affected by this crisis, experiencing age-related discrimination in terms of pay, and a reduced welfare benefit entitlement; often seeing their benefits reduced if they increase their working hours.

Why Harvest Festival Donations Matter:

Your donations aren’t just about helping someone in an emergency; they’re about writing a success story. Your contributions during this harvest festival season can be a lifeline for young people in need. Here’s why your help is invaluable:

  • Putting food on the table: Your donations ensure that young people don’t go to bed hungry, promoting their well-being.
  • Financial support: With the rising cost of living, your donations can ease the financial burden young people face.
  • Empowering their future: By providing food security, you enable them to focus on education and career goals, breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Community Compassion: Your contributions show these young adults that they are not alone, that there’s a community that cares about their well-being.

How you can help us make a difference:

  • Spread the Word: Share this message with your friends, family, and colleagues. Let’s create awareness about the struggles young people are facing.
  • Harvest Festival Collections: Encourage your local schools, churches, and workplaces to collect food items during their harvest festivals.
  • Lead by Example: Consider making a personal donation and inspiring those around you to do the same.

Join us this harvest festival season in making a meaningful difference in the lives of young people in North East Lincolnshire.

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