During the recent freezing spell through out the country with temperature reaching up to minus 19 deg c, TEAMS decided to get into action immediately.
Saleem Sheikh, Parveen Sheikh and Mohamed Vhora raced into action as they had to complete this project in under one week. The challenge was to prepare winter life packs with the help and support of the local community.
The Life Packs consisted of:
1x Toothpaste, 1x Toothbrush, 1x Gel Soap, 1x Shower gel, 1x Deodorant roll on and 1 x Water, 1 x Antibacterial hand wipes or gel, Face flannel towel, plasters, 2 x Pack Biscuits, dried fruit etc, 1 x Pack chocolate. Then formen we put in Razors, shaving foam and underwear and for the women â€“ Sanitary towels and also underwear. To help the homeless through the winter we also added in Gloves, Hat, Scarf, fleece blanket and Thick Socks.
With determination and hard work we managed to get nearly 70 winter packs in the short timescale. With the support of Parveen Sheikh and her Build youth community action group these were packed within a day.
Here is what some of the people involved and recipients said:
Rupal Rajani â€“ BBC Radio Leicester (Live Interview):
â€œExcellent work for the community, Well done Hannah ( 12yrs Gartree High Oadby), Husnah Â ( 10yrs Langmoor school) for putting your monies together for winter pack. Thumbs up for Bob, Parveen and Teams.â€
Keith Lawson West -Â Bridge Project for the homeless:
“Tremendous effort really appreciated for the homeless of Leicester, . Community role models , Bob, Parveen and Mohamed .Thank you Teams Leicester.”
Rt Revd Tim Stevens – Bishop of Leicester:
“Brilliant community spirit for Humanity, well achieved in 5 days”
Mr and Mrs ByattÂ Elderly Disabled couple from Syston.
“Wonderful voluntary work Bob and Parveen as being Muslims you both have done a superb gesture for the local Community”. Keep up the TEAMS spirit.
“Thank you Â very much and really appreciated these wonderfulÂ and unexpected gifts”
“This is fantastic work you are doing, this is the first time I have been homeless and really appreciate the support you have given me and the rest of us”
Rob Parkinson â€“ CEO action homeless:
“Teams are a role model to the community and have gone out of their way to help the needy. Thank you and well done”.
Jim Matthews â€“ Oadby and Wigston Rotary:
Your donations were pledged and personally presented to the homeless at an evening dinner at the Salvation army on the 23rd of December 2010.Â These were welcomed and whole heartedly appreciated by the homeless. The evening itself was organised by Bridge and also attended by the Bishop Of Leicester.
Winter packs were also presented to Mr Rob Parkinson of Action homeless on Christmas Eve 24th December 2010 at their premises in Wigston. Rob actually came out on his holiday to receive the gifts for the homeless.