Last Christmas, we had an unprecedented donation of food items. We also had goodwill donations for our Christmas Hampers coming from Warboys community centre, Bury COE, Broughton COE, Warboys COE, generous church members and community residents, sixth form students and from Tesco’s supermarket.
We soon had no capacity to store the increasing donations of food parcels arriving at our church doors. We had to store and pack food parcels at our other parish, St Mary’s Church, and temporarily hold food parcels on our church pews, vestry office & store room. It was, as they say, a healthy problem to resolve.
We had fantastic volunteers rise to the occasion, helping out with transporting food parcels in their own cars from our storage facility to the church, they also helped making up the Christmas hampers.
As a result of the generous overflow of donations, we provided Christmas hampers to nurseries, schools and Ramsey County Council who all identified vulnerable families in need of support. We also provided hampers and food parcels to our regular foodbank clients.
On our food bank open days, we had an increased foot-fall of people coming into our centre. We played a wide array of music for the first time, making our centre lively and presenting us with a fantastic pastoral opportunity to engage with the local community.
It has been a fantastic opportunity to give support to those in need, we continue to pray to be generous and visible people of Jesus Christ as we continue through 2019 and all it has to bring.