Feeding the needy at Christmas time

The Salvation Army in Gainsborough putting together this years Christmas hampers for the needy G121213-5a
The Salvation Army in Gainsborough putting together this years Christmas hampers for the needy G121213-5a

GENEROUS charity workers from Gainsborough’s branch of the Salvation Army have been putting special hampers together to help feed the needy at Christmas time.

The packages contain a wide variety of foods to help those who may otherwise struggle to eat at Christmas time.

As poverty grows and more families struggle in the face of the recession, the services of the Salvation Army are more valuable now than ever.

“We give out food parcels every day of the year, all year round,” said community care ministry secretary Gwen Abery from the Gainsborough Salvation Army. “The need for them is increasing but things get very bad at Christmas time.”

“We’ll be issuing them to the homeless, people on very low income or benefits, those at risk of homelessness and the vulnerable people of West Lindsey.”

The hampers include meat, potatoes, Christmas puddings, cereal, custard, tinned food, jam, tea, milk and much more.

Many of the food donations came from students at Queen Elizabeth’s High School.

As demand increases, the Salvation Army is always grateful for donations.

“These hampers are for anyone out there who may be struggling to eat this Christmas,” said Gwen.

“There have been so many kind people who have donated good, money or just their time to help make all of this possible.”

She added: “We’re still taking donations because we’ll be putting food parcels together throughout Christmas.”

For information on one of the many agencies where you can claim a hamper, call the Gainsborough branch of the Salvation Army on 01427 616353 or the local Citizens’ Advice Bureau on 01427 810914.

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