As we eagerly anticipate this evening’s Celtic Sleep-Out event, we continue our look at the charity partners who will benefit from your generosity this Christmas.
Next up in our spotlight series, we highlight the incredible work of The Invisibles, a Glasgow-based homelessness organisation.
The Invisibles aim to make life as comfortable as possible for those living on the streets, through the provision of a variety of essential items such as sleeping bags, clothing, footwear and toiletries.
These are gathered through public donations, while any funds donated to the organisation go directly towards purchasing new items, which are distributed to those in need. The Invisibles rely solely on volunteers to help assist with the distribution of these items.
They set up an area in Glasgow’s Cadogan Street every Wednesday to directly pass on essentials to those experiencing homelessness.
Celtic FC Foundation’s 2016 Christmas Appeal donation – made in partnership with Club sponsor, Intelligent Car Leasing – allowed the purchase of a new delivery van, which has proved to be a key addition to the services provided by the organisation.
Following our Celtic Sleep-Out this evening – which will see Dermot Hill of The Invisibles take part for the third year in a row – participants will be encouraged to donate their sleeping bags and mats to support The Invisibles.
Volunteer Michelle McFarlane spoke of the need for further support and the difference which our Christmas Appeal donations have and will make.
“It’s absolutely non-stop for us here at The Invisibles at this time of year. There are so many people out there who need our support. We are entirely reliant on donations and people’s good will, so to receive support from Celtic FC Foundation once again will be invaluable.
“We’ve been lucky enough to receive donations for the past couple of years and the money received last year helped greatly towards getting us a new van to assist with distributions. It has made a huge difference to the way we’re able to work.
“Any donation received as part of this year’s Christmas Appeal will help us to continue the work that we do into 2018. Everyone at The Invisibles and the people who we support would like to say a massive thank you to all of the supporters for their continued generosity.”
Our 2017 Christmas Appeal was launched at the end of October and reflects the very essence of why our club was set up back in 1887.
We want to help around 300 local families facing poverty, to provide a meal on the table and gifts for the kids. We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes. We are also looking to help vulnerable local pensioners to ease the financial burden at a challenging time of year plus a number of other local charities who support those experiencing homelessness or other disadvantage.
But we can’t do this without you. So together, let’s Share the Spirit of Celtic this Christmas.
To get behind the Christmas Appeal 2017, you can:
I.Donate by Text – text ‘CELT07’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70070
II.Donate Online – www.celticfcfoundation.com
III.Donate via Paypal – www.celticfcfoundation.com
IV.Donate in Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
V.Donate by Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.
VI.Give as you Live via your Christmas Shopping –http://www.celticfc.net/news/13512
VII.Sign up for the Celtic Sleep Out, London on Friday, November 24 – http://www.celticfc.net/news/13347
VIII.Come along to the Ghirls for Good ladies event on Saturday, December 2 – http://www.celticfc.net/news/13240
IX.Support our matchday bucket collection on Saturday, December 2 – to register as a volunteer collector, call 0141 551 4204 or email [email protected]
X.Take part in our new Light up the Clover event on Wednesday, December 13 – further details to follow.
XI.Download Kevin Miles’ single ‘Celtic, My Heart and My Soul’ – http://www.celticfc.net/news/13494