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25 December 2012, 07:00
Crisis Skylight Newcastle's expecting its busiest Christmas ever - opening its doors to 300 homeless people over the festive period.
This year Crisis Skylight Newcastle will be open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 8 am to 8 pm, offering hot food, health checks, advice on housing and employment, entertainment, a chill out space and an internet café.
The event is run by a team of 200 volunteers, and relies entirely on public donations.
Crisis Skylight Newcastle is still urgently seeking presents for guests, such as: bath gift sets, torches, battery powered radios, paper and pens, chocolates, biscuits, batteries, board games, books, hats, scarves, gloves, pens, coloured pencils, notepads and new socks and underwear.
June Grimes, Director of Crisis Skylight Newcastle, said:
"With homelessness on the rise, there are more people than ever in need of support and compassion.
Christmas can be a lonely and miserable time for homeless people. We aim to make it as positive an experience as possible, but we are totally reliant on the kind support of the people of Newcastle to generously give us donations."