5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ missions before 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ days with GoodGym - 1st GG Mission on 30th of March 2019 ➡️ 24th of December 2021
After arriving at the storage unit and proclaiming our favourite festive food (roast potatoes getting a lot of kudos), we headed to the basement with the lovely Andrea to see what she had in store(age) for us.
And it turned out she had LOADS of bags full of donated clothes for the Rough Sleeper Project. These all needed taking out of the bags and sorted into male and female items and then into type of clothing - coats, jumpers, trousers, tops etc. Even faced with a whole unit full of bags to get through, we weren't put off and were quickly making piles of organised chaos in the corridors and empty units.
At one point, there were piles everywhere but we soon had everything sorted and into separate bags depending on its category. These all then had to be put back into the original unit (jenga-style) where they had came from so, on the outside, it looked the same as when we arrived - but we all know it's what's on the inside that counts...
As promised to Ms. D, I came over for Thursday afternoon for a cuppa, mince pies and a chat. She also gave me a shopping list and told me about her worries for these next two weeks when I'll be away! I told her she has her carers and that I'll be in touch with GoodGym about providing some support over Christmas. After the shop, we had another drink and exchanged gifts before I had to head off for a GG Mission!
Back to Tesco Surrey Quays on Thursday to do a second round of Food2U treasure hunting! After experiencing it for my first time on Wednesday, I was back for more! This time with a new goal in mind - beat the amount of trolleys I did the previous day (4). Therefore, my goal was to fill five trolleys (assist five people with their shop) in a 2 hour window of opportunity! As you can see from the photos I did and in an hour and a half! I only stopped 30 minutes before as there were no more trolleys left to be filled as we had enough volunteers (like Laura Grant) to cover it in that time.
A slight change in mission tonight, from packing rucksacks for rough sleepers to packing toys for families in Lambeth.
With that brough the joy of being inside for once, in a bright, dry church with a lot of toys to pack.
We got to work immediately, an assortment of toys and books to find a home with one of 20 families. Each family had an age profile and the task was to find appropriate books and toys for each child. Together we helped find the best matches for everyone.
Once all the bags were full it was time to pack up the vans ready for the toys to go to their new homes. The team were very greatful for the help.