The month of May usually signals the beginning of Spring; April showers fade away and the sun starts to show its face, allowing us to enjoy long days outside with family and friends. However, as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect millions of people around the world, the month of May will be a little different this year. And for those struggling to source basic necessities due to existing circumstances as well as the current global situation, this month may be incredibly difficult. 

Here at Cosmedic Supplies, we believe that communities should come together and commit to helping one another as much as possible both during this period and in general. That is why we have decided to donate twenty percent of all sales we make this month to an amazing charity: Little Village.

Little Village is a London based charity that aims to reduce the number of children currently growing up in poverty. Our capital is a wealthy one and yet, over the last twenty years, there has been a continued increase in the number of deprived families across the city. It is this shocking fact that led to the creation of Little Village in 2016 and is the reason why an army of awesome volunteers continue to work so hard, day in, day out to ease the hardships of those families affected by poverty.

Here are some statistics about child poverty in the UK: 

  • In 2019, 4.6 million children were living in poverty throughout the UK.
  • Child poverty is rising for the first time in a generation.
  • Statistics show that more than two-thirds of children in poverty live in a household where at least one parent works. The problem is not families with no incomes, but families who have a low income. 
  • 43% percent of children in inner London are growing up poor. 
  • Child poverty in London is also about race: 55% of under 13’s from BME populations are living in poverty as opposed to 24% of white children.  

These figures are shocking and something needs to be done: that is where Little Village comes in. 

The charity is run by a movement of people who are committed to fighting against the terrible conditions that an alarming number of children live in. Little Village offers a simple way of enabling families to come together to support one another. Essentially, they collect a variety of different items from families in the area who no longer need them and then redistribute these items to families who require them but cannot afford them. 

They ask for great-quality donations of clothes, toys, toiletries and bedding suitable for babies and children up to the age of five. They then gift these items to local families dealing with challenging circumstances such as homelessness, unemployment, low wages and domestic violence. 

The team at Little Village are also dedicated to providing emotional support for these families and run regular sessions for those wanting to get out of the house and feel part of a stable community. They encourage families who have had support to come back and volunteer to run the service. These volunteering sessions have been proven to have a direct impact on maternal mental health and are designed to help families feel less lonely and to give them a safe space to talk to people who really care. No matter where you come from, the Little Village family does not pass judgment and are committed to providing emotional, as well as material, support to those who need it the most. 

Due to the pandemic, however, Little Village have had to suspend their drop-in community sessions. Despite these challenges, the charity is working tirelessly to provide continued support for families across London by delivering items direct to families’ homes. But they cannot do that without donations of money and/or baby essentials. 

So, please, if you are interested in supporting Little Village directly, you can do so by visiting their website. Alternatively, if you buy anything from Cosmedic Supplies this month we will make sure that 20% of your money goes directly to this amazing charity. 

Statement from Harry, Director of Cosmedic Supplies: 

“The industry we work in is a luxury one and caters to those wishing to enhance their aesthetic features. However, we are incredibly aware that there are too many people in this world who cannot afford even basic essentials. The coronavirus pandemic has worsened many people’s economic situations. It has not only been extremely detrimental to those already struggling but has also affected those who have never experienced monetary issues before. That is why we have decided to donate 20% of all profits in May to the amazing Little Village charity. Little village is a small, independent charity powered by a community of volunteers utterly dedicated to easing the hardships of those families living in tough circumstances. We want to help Little Village continue to do their job so that hundreds of families are supported during this period and beyond.

Everyone at Cosmedic Supplies would like to take this opportunity to send love and well wishes to you all. Let us work together to keep everybody as safe as possible. Take care, Harry.

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