Let’s give needy a Christmas Day they remember

Volunteers from the Agape Care Foodbank get into the Christmas spirit to launch their campaign. Back (from left) ' Kevin Merritt, Leonice Eigenmann, Keith Dobney and Alexia Green; Front ' Paul Walker and Freda Ball.
Volunteers from the Agape Care Foodbank get into the Christmas spirit to launch their campaign. Back (from left) ' Kevin Merritt, Leonice Eigenmann, Keith Dobney and Alexia Green; Front ' Paul Walker and Freda Ball.

CHRISTMAS will not be a time of cheer for hundreds of people living across south Lincolnshire this December.

CHRISTMAS will not be a time of cheer for hundreds of people living across south Lincolnshire this December.

Domestic abuse, redundancy and struggling to make ends meet are just a few of the worries which some face as we head into the festive season.

But this year the outlook doesn’t have to be bleak - and we’re asking our readers to get behind a campaign to spread some festive cheer to those who need it most.

The Spalding Guardian has joined forces with the Agape Care Foodbank to help give struggling families and individuals something to smile about this Christmas.

The foodbank is aiming to give out special hampers the week before Christmas to give those who have been experiencing hard times everything they need to make a Christmas dinner.

Almost 40 partner agencies are nominating their most deserving families and individuals for the scheme to receive a festive feast and we’re hoping to help as many of them as we can.

Marshalls of Butterwick are on-board to provide all of the seasonal vegetables, but providing the rest of the trimmings is where we need your help.

While you’re buying extra Christmas treats for yourself, we’re asking you, if you can, to dig deep and buy just one more item to make someone else’s dream come true.

Volunteers at the Spalding foodbank have put together a special Christmas shopping list of items they need to complete the hampers.

Once you have bought the item, all you need to do is take it to one of three drop off points in Spalding at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian offices in The Crescent, at the Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road, or at Sainsbury’s in Holland Market.

Items can also be taken to the foodbank’s new satellite depot in Market House on Market Street in Long Sutton.

The foodbank is also searching for a supplier to step forward to provide the meat.

Project manager Paul Walker said: “We feel that families should not go without over the Christmas period. I hope that by doing the Christmas hamper appeal this is going to put a bit of joy in other people’s lives.”

What we need: Cranberry sauce, bread sauce, stuffing, gravy granules, Christmas cake, savoury snacks, Pringles, Christmas pudding, crackers, selection boxes and chocolate mints.