Two students from the University of Lincoln recently organised a large donation to YMCA Lincolnshire.
Alice Wheatley and Joshua O’Hara, who both study law, decided to donate a food parcel to the homelessness charity, in order to boost supplies and give back to their community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The pair asked their entire building for any spare donations and, as a result, collected over 200 items of food and toiletries from nine additional flats.
The haul included cans, tins, beans and pasta, as well as face masks, shower gel, toothbrushes and feminine hygiene products.
Mr O’Hara said: “YMCA Lincolnshire is an amazing charity that helps an abundance of people and I think this time of year, it is really important to give as much as you can.”
“With everything going on in the world right now, small acts of kindness go a long way,” he added.
Miss Wheatley said she wants people to “know others are thinking about them in such a critical time”, and that “no one is alone or forgotten because of the pandemic”.
She added: “I think the relationship between the University students and the public is crucial. Student life and the life of the community rarely ever merge, and this just shows help can be done.”
YMCA Lincolnshire helps support and guide families and individuals, working with people from all backgrounds and ages. The charity provides daycare, youth work and emergency accommodation, as well as housing and training.
The students made their donation on 13 November and both said they hope to do more throughout their final year.