Hundreds of Christmas gifts have been collected for Wells Foodbank, the Salvation Army, Fusion Somerset and YMCA Wells after a shoebox appeal touched people’s hearts.
It began when Hannah Wall decided to do a shoebox appeal for Wells Foodbank, inspired by her employer, LA Moore Ltd. Every year the company picks a charity to support and this year it was Hannah’s turn to choose, and she nominated the Foodbank.
Hannah then broadened it out with a Facebook post which generated a huge number of personal donations, and with people sharing her post as far afield as Devon. She collected vouchers, biscuits, Christmas puddings, toiletries, games, DVDs, books and a wide array of good quality preloved items. There were far more items than the Foodbank needed for its clients and so the gifts were split between four local charities.
“Christmas for me has always been for giving and spending time with my family and it really hit home a few years ago that some families don’t get this. While I’ve been fortunate not to have had to use the Foodbank, the service that they provide is absolutely not only at Christmas, but throughout the year. From the bottom of my Christmas-loving heart, I truly thank all who have donated.”
Sue Marland, Pastor of Wells Vineyard Church and coordinator of Wells Foodbank, said:
“We are moved and humbled by the generosity that people have shown this year. So many people have suffered financial hardship and other difficulties this year and demand for the Foodbank’s services continues to increase. All of these donations make a huge difference to people in need and will help provide a happier Christmas for many.”