The News has partnered up with the church again to launch this year's Comfort and Joy campaign which supports 11 organisations throughout the city and surrounding areas.
Residents are encouraged to make a difference to people's lives locally by purchasing supermarket gift cards and a Christmas card.
The organisations you will be helping:Â
- Society of St James: Direct access day centre for homeless people and other services
- Two Saints: For homeless people in Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth
- Friends Without Borders: Support for asylum seekers whilst their applications are processed
- Hope House (The Salvation Army): Provides support for homeless people
- Portsmouth Churches Housing Association: Runs three hostels for the homeless
- Portsmouth Foyer Younger Persons: Equips vulnerable people with life skills
- PortsmouthÂ Refuge (Portsmouth Domestic Abuse Service): Provides accommodation for women and children
- St Simon's Church: Provides meals and support for homeless peopleÂ
- Southern Domestic Abuse Service: Provides emergency respite for women and childrenÂ
- The LifeHouse: A drop-in for people whose lives are affected by homelessness and addictionÂ
- Roberts Centre: Supports over 1000 families in the Portsmouth areaÂ
How to donate:Â
- Buy a Christmas card and write a message (please do not put your name and
- Purchase a supermarket voucher of Â£5
- Put the gift card into the Christmas card, but do not seal the envelope
- Place in a large envelope (seal this one)
This envelope can be taken to a Comfort and JoyÂ post box in Tesco Fratton, North Harbour, Fareham or Gosport.
Or send toÂ Deanery office, St Faith's Church, Crasswell Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1HT