Schools, churches, businesses and families can all play their part to make Christmas a happier time for hundreds of desperate people in South Holland.
The Agape Care Foodbank Christmas Appeal is now a week old and volunteers have been spreading the word at Morrison’s supermarket in Pinchbeck where shoppers were urged to drop something extra in their festive trollies.
Items like bread sauce, gravy granules and little stocking fillers, that many of us take for granted, are much harder to come by for those on low incomes or without a roof over their head.
That’s why the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press has teamed up with the foodbank based at The Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road, Spalding to encourage people in our area to prove they have hearts of gold by donating to this year’s appeal.
Your donations will help people like Danny Wooding (28), originally from Wisbech, who has been supported by the foodbank for just two weeks.
He said: “I came off the streets with nothing – no home, no money, no food and no job.
“I heard about the foodbank through people in Wisbech and when I came here, the welcome was really warm.
“They made me feel safe and secure by going out of their way to give me food and a place to stay.”
Ashley Stretton (22), originally from Cornwall, also found a place to stay at the church’s home for vulnerable young people in St Thomas’s Road.
“I’ve learnt different skills while I’ve been there and it’s helped me see what it’s like both to be homeless and to help people who find themselves in that situation.”