As the festive season unfolds, Matthew Bridger, is poised to make a profound impact through the annual Little House Project Homeless Shoebox Appeal. Matthew, renowned for his visionary leadership and compassionate spirit, continues to illuminate the lives of Kent’s homeless with a commitment to spreading joy and warmth during the festive season.
Inspired by a transformative moment in 2017 while walking through Folkestone’s High Street during the Christmas holidays, Matthew Bridger founded the Little House Project Homeless Shoebox Appeal. The appeal is designed to ensure that the homeless community experiences the magic of the holiday season with a thoughtfully curated present but also get essential items for the winter months.
Matthew Bridger, has been a driving force behind this initiative, recognising the profound impact that a small act of kindness can have. He said, “The holiday season should be a time of warmth and inclusivity for everyone. The Little House Project started when I witnessed the homeless community during my walk home from my office on Folkestone’s High Street during December 2017. I just knew I had to take action to bring a touch of the holiday spirit to those who need it most.”
The appeal invites local residents to join the cause by participating in the heart warming tradition of wrapping shoeboxes in festive Christmas paper and filling them with essentials. The donated items include deodorant, shampoo, socks, sanitary products, chocolates, and other necessities, creating not just care packages but expressions of empathy and compassion.
These thoughtfully packed shoe boxes, brimming with warmth and essentials, are graciously donated by the public and then delivered to various designated drop-off points strategically located throughout the town. Matthew, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, orchestrate the careful distribution of these shoeboxes, along with warm clothing and blankets, directly to the homeless community during the winter months.
Acknowledging the impact of community-driven initiatives, Matthew states, “It’s heartening to see the community rally together, bringing joy to those who may be facing challenging times. The Little House Project is a testament to the collective goodwill that can make a significant difference in the lives of the less fortunate.”