Recession raises vehicle shortage fears for homeless people this Christmas

Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, has warned that it faces a shortage of vehicles vital to the running of its Crisis Christmas centres this year due to the effects of the recession on donor companies.

Crisis Christmas runs from Wednesday 23 December to Wednesday 30 December 2009 and welcomes nearly 2,000 homeless and vulnerably housed guests and over 8,000 volunteers in nine centres across London. The centres provide companionship and support to alleviate loneliness and isolation and help people to take their first steps out of homelessness.

To help transport people and equipment, the Charity relies on temporary donations of minibuses and vans. However since last Christmas companies that normally donate have gone out of business or reduced the size of their fleets.

Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: Crisis Christmas is a huge operation that would not be possible without the extraordinary generosity of individuals and businesses. This year we understand that things are particularly tight due to the effects of the recession, and we are finding it particularly difficult to source enough vehicles vital in delivering goods and people.

We are calling on vehicle manufactures, hire firms or companies with large fleets of vehicles to step in and help us help thousands of homeless guests this Christmas.

Crisis returns all loaned vehicles in the condition they were donated in. Crisis is calling for:
Transit and Luton vans from 1 to 31 December
Cars, minibuses and people carriers from 21 to 31 December

To donate vehicles please contact Francesca DSouza on 020 7426 3821

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