Christmas at the Foodbank

fb1For some people in the community, Christmas can be a particularly difficult period, with restricted incomes being hard pushed to cope with extra demands on money. For those with families who want to make this time of year feel special, it can be really hard. When simply getting by is a difficult balance of income and expenditure, getting through the festive season can mean needing a bit of extra help.

The foodbank tries to go a little bit further than business as usual and include in the food parcels special occasion items. One of the logistical issues we’ve faced in previous years has been the timing of arrival of these items from our generous community. It’s been amazing, but we have struggled to get the Christmas goodies to their intended recipients in time.

We rely on volunteers and we will always try to make sure we have good cover for this period but we’d like to see if together with the people of New Mills and Hayfield we can do even better.

So, this year, Christmas will come early at the New Mills Foodbank! You may be familiar with the concept of Reverse Advent Calendar. This is an initiative which has caught on worldwide. Just as you would open a window of your advent calendar every day, we ask that you would pop a donation in a box ready to help us help others. By the 25th Day, you’ll have a good box full!

We’re starting opening the windows of the New Mills Foodbank advent calendar on Monday 14th November 2016 so we can make sure we have the stocks in the foodbank stores by 10th December 2016 in good time to get them to their final destination. We’ll be making a suggestion for a donation every day for 24 days via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, all of which should add up to providing a foodbank festive feast for those in need.

We’ll include some small, affordable thoughtful gift suggestions which we can include in the parcels so people have something to open on Christmas Day. We will be working with the local Christians Against Poverty group this year on Christmas gifting, reaching people who have tackled their debt issues and are living on restricted budgets.

You don’t need to wait until December to donate, just pop your donations in one of our usual donation points – Co-Op, Sainsbury’s, New Mills or Hayfield Libraries, Priscilla’s Card Shop, Shaw’s Bakers or local churches in the run up to Christmas. The sooner we have stock in, the sooner we can start making sure

it gets to those who need it. Alternatively you can drop the full hamper with us – details to follow.

Should you require any further information on our service please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone on 07425 177999 or by email: helpinghandsnewmills@gmail.com.

For more information on the foodbank check out our previous article

And don’t forget, our Reverse Advent kicks off on 14th November on our Facebook page, as well as our twitter page

Author: VNM

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