Operation Santa Christmas Dinner appeal

Chris Oxlade (right) and Crawley Open House workers Gosia Kowalewska, Denise Ward, and Peter Chakanyuka. Launch of Crawley Observer-Open House Christmas campaign asking people to donate food for the homeless Christmas dinner. Pic Steve SR1526378 SUS-151125-135307001
Chris Oxlade (right) and Crawley Open House workers Gosia Kowalewska, Denise Ward, and Peter Chakanyuka. Launch of Crawley Observer-Open House Christmas campaign asking people to donate food for the homeless Christmas dinner. Pic Steve SR1526378 SUS-151125-135307001

Most people in Crawley look forward to tucking into turkey and all the trimmings on Christmas Day. But many are not so lucky.

In fact, some face a bleak time with not only no Christmas feast or festivities ... but also not even a roof over their heads.

But you can help. Once again the Crawley Observer is teaming up with the charity Crawley Open House to help give the town’s homeless a Christmas to remember.

Each year the Open House in Stephenson Way, Three Bridges, provides a sumptuous Christmas dinner for around 60 homeless people.

A band of volunteers rally round to prepare and cook the meal on Christmas Day to bring a touch of festive cheer to those in need.

But the group relies on donations of food to provide the meal.

And this week, the Crawley Observer is urging you to help.

We need donations of everything from starters, turkey, vegetables, any ‘trimmings’, Christmas puddings and soft drinks.

Crackers and party hats would also be gratefully received.

Kind-hearted souls have helped out each year since our Operation Santa Christmas Dinner Appeal was first launched in 2004.

And, with your help, we can do it again.

Any donations you have can be dropped off at Crawley Open House in Stephenson Way up until December 23.

With your help, we will ensure a warm and happy Christmas for people who would otherwise spend the most special of days hungry and alone.

Chris Oxlade, Open House trustee and former Mercury FM presenter, who has been involved in the appeal from the start, said this week: “At Crawley Open House, we are delighted that the Crawley Observer is once again championing the campaign to feed over 60 homeless people on Christmas Day.

“The people and visitors in Crawley, and surrounding areas, are always so generous and we hope that this year will be our most successful yet.”

If you are unable to donate to the Christmas Dinner appeal, other items are always wanted at Crawley Open House including blankets, clothing, gloves or any other items.