Getting crafty with waste in Armley

Volunteers Mia Strebakowski and Tina Weinriech pictured with some of the seasonal greetings cards already donated to the recycling project.

By Andy Dalton

Leeds City Mission in Mistress Lane, Armley, is appealing for people to save their old, used greetings cards and put them to good use.

They hope to collect thousands of now-redundant cards after the Christmas season and reuse them. Enthusiastic volunteers plan to take up their crimping scissors and craft individual gift tags from donated cards for use next Christmas. 

They ran a similar project in 2023. An incredible total of 2938 greetings cards were donated by readers of the West Leeds Dispatch and other supporters.  City Mission volunteers were able to create 5170 gift tags. These were then distributed free of charge in the run up to Christmas to the delight of many recipients.

Their successful efforts have inspired them to repeat the project this year on a larger scale.  The more cards they receive, the more they hope to produce for next Christmas. Their plan is to exceed this year’s total and produce over 6,000 new gift tags to give away.

A spokesman for Leeds City Mission said: “Readers of the West Leeds Dispatch rallied to last year’s appeal and we are asking them to do it again. This is a great opportunity to create something of worth out of waste. Please let us have your cards the next time you are shopping in Armley Town Street.” 

Greetings Cards can be dropped off at the Mission Room – the base of Leeds City Mission. This is the last public building at the end of Town Street and is diagonally opposite Armley Library. Volunteers at the Mission Room will gladly receive donations of no-longer-needed cards anytime between 10.30am – 2.30pm Mondays to Fridays (not Wednesday)

Leeds City Mission is a Christian agency which has worked with marginalised people over three centuries since 1837 and seeks to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of Leeds residents.

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