Hailsham Food Bank has received a £500 Christmas bonus to help provide shoeboxes for residents in need over the festive period.
The cheque from Hailsham Lions was presented last week and several members of the club then helped pack shoeboxes and gift bags donated by Ralph Olesen from The Link coffee shop.
Gifts included necessities such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, flannels and hot water bottles with colourful covers knitted by members of the Knit and Natter Club and the Loom Mill.
The shoeboxes are a joint venture between several organisations including the Lions, Hailsham Food Bank, supermarkets, The Link and Computers for Charities.
And it wasn’t just local residents who got involved. Two hot water bottle covers were knitted by residents of the Shetland Islands who saw the appeal for donations on the Computers for Charities Facebook page. There were also gift bags for children which included toys and books.
Simon Rooksby, Chairman of Computers for Charities, shares the Archbishop of Canterbury’s views regarding the boom in food banks nationally. He was left “incredulous” that in these times such institutions are needed, going totally in the face of Prime Minister David Cameron’s assertion that the economy is blooming with wages outstripping inflation.
“It certainly remains at odds with what we observe in Hailsham and nationally,” said Mr Rooksby.