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On Sunday 20th November, as part of Mitzvah Day, a national programme set up to encourage volunteers to perform good deeds, St Albans Masorti Synagogue and Herts Young Homeless (hyh) are staging a Collectathon at Morrisons in St Albans.

Designed to help provide the key essentials that we all take for granted to young people moving into their own home for the first time, the Collectathon relies on the generosity of Morrisons customers and their support of an organisation which provides a vital service to vulnerable young people in the community.

Volunteers will greet shoppers as they enter, letting them know about hyh and the invaluable work it does. They will be offered a ‘wish list’, highlighting low-cost goods which they can buy in-store such as crockery, towels, cleaning products and so on. Shoppers choose and buy the items they would like to contribute, then simply drop off their purchases as they leave.  Volunteers will take the items to a sorting depot where they will be packed into boxes and later delivered to a storage facility, ready for distribution to the young and homeless.

hyh Chief Executive Glenn Middleton said “We’re indebted to St Albans Masorti Synagogue and Morrisons for contributing their time and efforts to this worthwhile campaign. The work we do at Herts Young Homeless makes a real difference to the lives of young people who may well feel abandoned, lost and without support – offering them just a few basic items can help turn their first house into a home.