Tears of joy have been shed by volunteers and families in South Holland after an overwhelming response to this year’s Agape Care Foodbank Christmas Appeal.
At least 200 families have seen their plans for December 25 transformed by the generosity of people in the area who have swamped Foodbank volunteers with donations of food, toys, clothes and even cash.
More than £1,000 has been donated towards feeding crisis-stricken people in the area and the cash has also allowed coordinators of both Foodbank centres in Spalding and Long Sutton to make a start on preparing for food requests next year.
Irene Davies, Foodbank coordinator at The Lighthouse Church in Spalding, said: “It has been a massive community effort and people have just streamed in with donations that have enabled us to give out food and Christmas parcels to people of every age range and family type.
“I’ve been amazed by how the quantities donated have met our needs and it’s been fantastic to see the community serving its own community.
“One man came in who was so desperate and when we gave him a Christmas parcel for his family, he burst into tears and said he had never cried before in his life.
“He just couldn’t believe somebody would do that for him and that’s when we knew what we’re doing here is worthwhile.”
The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian teamed up with the Foodbank last month to ask residents to buy an extra item of festive food, including cranberry sauce, chocolates, mince pies and Christmas pudding, for people in need.
Collection points at our offices in The Crescent, Spalding, Sainsbury’s at Holland Market, Spalding and Morrisons’ at Pinchbeck have been overflowing with donations for Foodbank centres in the town and at the Market House, Market Street, Long Sutton.
Jeanne Sibley, centre manger, said: “We’ve had so many donations from the Long Sutton community that our volunteer who collects the food has had to make special journeys to Spalding to deliver it.
“The local community has been extremely generous in donating Christmas food stuffs, enabling everyone to enjoy Christmas this year.”