You might well have heard of Hull’s Project Hotdog, but if you haven’t, here’s a brief introduction. It’s a volunteer run project that aims to feed as many people in need across the city as possible within a very small budget. It’s funded by the profits from Hot Doggers Café on Spring Bank (which is run entirely by volunteers and also makes – in this writer’s humble opinion – one of the best sausage and bacon butties in town) and runs soup kitchens in Queen’s Gardens every Monday and Saturday night without fail.

Sounds pretty amazing right? Well it turns out that the lovely folk at HullSTARS agree, and they’re pitching in a little bit to help out. And that’s where we come to you guys. If you’ve been to the Student’s Union recently you might have noticed nestled between two rather fancier British Heart Foundation (also a great cause!) boxes a couple more boxes with a big ol’ hot dog picture on them. This is a collection for items which will be donated to Project Hotdog, who would really love clothing, shoes, sleeping bags and (non-perishable) food items that they can then distribute to folk who really need it around Hull.

So if you’re clearing out your flat and need to get rid of some stuff (I swear I still have a tin of beans that’s over a decade old and has seen at least six house moves) then think about popping it in the box. It’ll be around until July 27 and will be regularly emptied to that point.

If you’re a crafty type then HullStars have put together a collection of handmade bear clothing that’ll be auctioned off in aid of Project Hotdog. So if you fancy making a teddy for a teddy or a bear suit then get involved!

It’s a great cause run by some fantastic people.

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