Fighting the cold together: Winter Warmer returns
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has brought back its popular Winter Warmer initiative, helping over 300 people on its first day.
Open between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Friday this week (8 - 12 January), the Winter Warmer is a pop-up shop offering donated good quality winter clothing, bedding, shoes, boots, towels and crockery all FREE of charge.
Les Nicoll, Community Builder at ECFRS, said:
"From the moment we opened the doors today the room was bursting with people taking the opportunity to get winter clothing and bedding for themselves and their families.
"By the end of day one we had helped 305 people who collected nearly 1700 items.
"As well as clothes we gave saucepans, crockery and toiletries to families-in-need, including a soon to be mum who took a Moses basket, pushchair, nappies and new-born clothes.
"We're also working with social workers and charities to help those in need, including the homeless, right across Essex.
"During our interactions we ask every customer about smoke alarms in their homes and have already booked in home safety visits with some of them.
"I am excited to see what the rest of the week brings and how many more people we can help."
Last year, 5,000 items were given away to more than 500 people - helping to make winter that little bit easier for those in need of support.
This is a community action – all the goods are FREE to anyone in need. We do not ask for forms, vouchers or proof of benefits, all we ask is that you only take what you need - we want to be able to help as many people as possible.
If you or someone you know is in need of a helping hand, please forward them the details using our Facebook event.