Exeter Foyer’s online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless youngsters this Christmas

Staff at Exeter Foyer in Commercial Road are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable young people staying at the shelter this Christmas. The Foyer has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly to the shelter at the touch of a button.

Operated by social and supported housing provider Stonewater, the Exeter Foyer houses local young people aged 16 – 25, who often arrive with very few personal possessions, many having run away from desperate and bleak situations.

“Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time of year for young people separated from their friends, family and home,” says Foyer Manager Andy Ford. “Our wish-list gift scheme gives you the chance to send a personal gift to a young person in crisis who will be spending Christmas in our Foyer this year. The list includes gifts ranging from essential toiletries and warm clothing, to special treats like books and chocolates. Each is listed on our Amazon wish-list with a short description, explaining exactly why it is needed and who will benefit.

“Even just a small box of toiletries can make a huge difference, bringing a little festive happiness and cheer in what can be a very difficult time for our residents.”

Located in the city centre, the 36-room Exeter Foyer provides accommodation, training and support to young people in the local area with the aim of helping them to eventually live independently. Foyer staff work throughout the festive season to provide a Christmas meal for residents and to ensure that they have the support they need to make it through what can be a challenging time of

year for many. Stonewater owns and operates foyers and two women’s refuges across the South of England.

Gifts for the Foyer can be bought directly through the Amazon website here or by going to http://amzn.eu/fZuPeI5. Stonewater’s wish-list scheme will continue to run through 2017.