Rap’s social media coverage of the campaign generated plenty of interest, encouraging people from far and wide to get involved. The contributors included local companies, schools and generous friends, ensuring that the Rap office was extra busy around the seasonal period.
One notable contributor was Wateringbury School, which made the Help the Homeless campaign the focus of its Christingle event. Rap’s marketing executive Carolyne Colgate attended the event, which included a speech by the school governor on the importance of giving and details on where the donations would be going.
The school generated a generous amount of gifts, including chocolates, gloves, socks, rucksacks, thermal mugs, sleeping bags, tents, tights, scarves, and washbags with personal items. On the Christingle day itself, the students were also asked to bring in fresh produce such as potatoes, carrots and sprouts.
Another school that contributed was Holy Family Catholic Primary School from nearby Parkwood, Maidstone. The school’s representative, Melissa Barrington, dropped off boxes of food and expressed a keen interest in contributing next year, saying that the campaign is an excellent way to teach children good values in life like helping others. Rap will be encouraging more schools in Kent to join in for the 2020 campaign.
Other notable contributors included London workplace hygiene specialists Absolute Hygiene Solutions and Kent construction company Red Key Concepts. Absolute Hygience Solutions’ logistics man travelled all the way from Woolwich to deliver boxes of food and gifts, while Red Key Concepts Director Charley Gremo-Gilham dropped off two Santa sacks filled with 95 socks and 95 hats. Of course, every contributor deserves a mention, so here is a list of everyone who donated: