Aberdeen Cyrenians highlights ‘Reverse Trick or Treat’ Appeal

Aberdeen Cyrenians is appealing for ‘reverse trick or treating’ to support those having a ‘frightful’ time during the current COVID-19 crisis.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak there has been unprecedented demand for support and as winter approaches, need continues to rise. The charity is appealing to the public to donate food and other essentials instead of what they would usually have spent on costumes and treats to give away.

Emily Mackenzie, marketing and fundraising assistant at Aberdeen Cyrenians, said: “The spirit of Halloween is very much about communities coming together and giving out treats to others. As things are a bit different this year we thought reverse trick or treating would be a fun and rewarding way for anyone unable to celebrate the way they normally would.

“The challenge for those in crisis continues to rise and with winter fast approaching, we’re expecting exceptional demand for support. Communities have been amazing at helping each other during lockdown so it’s such a shame we can’t go out and celebrate this fun festival this year. But with many people facing a challenging time, there is still a way to spread joy and treats.

“We are looking for donations of items including food and toiletries, things like tinned food, fresh fruit and vegetables, shampoo, toothpaste and shower gel.”

She added: “We are very fortunate to have the help of our volunteer drivers who can collect any donations people are kind enough to give us. If you call us on 0300 303 0903 between Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm or Friday 9am-4pm we can arrange a time and date to collect any donations. We also have a new donation point opening very soon which will enable the public to safely drop off donations directly to us.

“Many people struggle to afford food and experience going hungry, especially during winter when heating & electric bills increase. Because of coronavirus there are now many more people having to make the difficult decision to heat or eat. We rely on the public to help us to raise vital funds and donating goods to ensure that we can continue our work within the city and shire.

“We hope that the local community will join us in the fight to support those facing homelessness, poverty, abuse, living with an addiction, and anyone else facing a crisis.

“Any donations no matter how big or small will be greatly appreciated and will make a huge difference to those in need.”

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