This Christmas, staff from the Havant office volunteered their time to lend a hand at the Beacon food bank and help local families celebrate the holidays. They helped to pack up hampers, wrap gifts for children and deliver to more than 100 families in the Havant area.
Making a real difference to families this Christmas
Beacon's community manager, Ruth Scott, gave some examples of how local families have benefited this Christmas.
"One young family who received a hamper was a single mum with a sick 10-year old boy and twin babies of seven months. She had nothing bought for Christmas and just struggling up the two flights of stairs to her flat with the babies was a daily challenge. The hamper – delivered on Christmas Eve – was a great relief to her at a particularly difficult time.
"Another dad, who collected his hamper in person, came back later to say a special thanks on behalf of his family. 'Without this, my kids wouldn’t have had a Christmas. What can I say? Thank you so much'."
A rewarding way to spend Christmas
Martyn, a tenancy sustainment officer for Guinness, helped wrap Christmas presents and took part in the delivery day, handing over several hampers to families himself. He said, "Working with the food bank over the years, you have a basic understanding of what it is all about. It is not until you are physically getting parcels ready and handing them over that you see how important it is to these families. I would say it is one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done."
Ruth added, "We work with Guinness locally throughout the year as support workers refer people to us for assistance with food, but this year the support of the whole organisation as part of their Food Sense campaign has made a significant difference to what we could achieve at Christmas."
Our Food Sense campaign runs until April 2016.