OUR APPEAL: Thanks, you’re stuffing collection bins!

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STUFFING, gravy granules and Christmas puddings are all among the items readers have kindly been donating for a special festive appeal – but we still urgently need your help.

We’re hoping to give as many families and individuals as possible the Christmas they deserve with a special food parcel.

The scheme, which is running is partnership with Spalding’s Agape Care Foodbank and the Spalding Guardian, will provide a festive feast to those deemed to be in crisis and struggling to make ends meet through front-line agencies which have been working with the foodbank.

There’s a special Christmas shopping list which has been drawn up – we just need you to donate an item.

So far, stuffing has proved the most popular item to donate, followed by gravy granules. Crackers are the least popular. There are still two weeks left to bring in donations.

Spalding Guardian editor Jeremy Ransome said: “We’ve been amazed by the generosity of the community and have great hopes of helping to make this year a Christmas to remember for many deserving people.”

Items can be taken to one of four drop off points

n Our offices in The Crescent, Spalding.

n Lighthouse Church in Haverfield Road, Spalding.

n Sainsbury’s in Holland Market, Spalding.

n Market House in Market Street, Long Sutton.

Items must be donated by midday on Friday, December 16, ready for the parcels to be put together and distributed the week before Christmas.

There’s also another way to help the foodbank in the run up to Christmas.

Author Miles Green has agreed to donate some of the proceeds of his book sales to the charity.

He will be on-hand to sign copies of Journeys Through Life & Questions of Faith (from TV Jesus to the Golfer) and meet readers at an event at Bookmark in Spalding from 2pm on Sunday.

While there, he will also be announcing the winners of the Bookmark children’s poetry competition.

Foodbank project manager Paul Walker will also be giving a brief talk on the work of the charity.

Any funds raised from book sales on the day will also be presented to Mr Walker. The book will be on sale at a special price of £6.