Hamper deliveries this week spread joy

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DONATIONS to Spalding’s foodbank have been pouring in following a rallying call.

Agape Care Foodbank asked Spalding Guardian readers to dig deep one final time last week to ensure their special Christmas hampers were jam packed full of treats – and you didn’t disappoint.

Project manager Paul Walker said: “Two weeks ago we thought that we would be short of selection boxes for children but the public of Spalding have just rallied around and we now have enough to make sure every child will be able to have one in the Christmas hampers.”

The hampers are being delivered this week following a month-long appeal with the Spalding Guardian.

Agencies working alongside the foodbank have been nominating their most deserving families and individuals to receive a hamper, at a time when some would have gone without.

Staff at Sainsbury’s came forward to spread a little Christmas cheer by donating several food hampers, which they had made up themselves.

Children at St Bartholomew’s Primary School in West Pinchbeck chipped in a haul of treats after each child was asked to place one item from the charity’s festive wishlist under the Christmas tree.

Charitable students at Spalding’s Post 16 Centre also generously handed over a collection of items.

Jenny Woodhall, of Quadring, gave a selection of children’s gifts to add to the hampers, via Spalding Lions.

The donations have meant the charity was able to fully-stock the shelves in the Red Lion Quarter’s Food Court, which has become a temporary storage facility.

Mr Walker said: “I would never have dreamt that from when we started in April with very little and wondering how we would help people to where we are now, it really shows that the community does care for their neighbours.

“This week we have been pre-packing the hampers ready to go out today and Friday to be delivered by our able volunteers, some of which came forward from the appeal to help.”

l Next Thursday’s Spalding Guardian: the difference Agape Care Foodbank made this Christmas thanks to our reader’s generosity.