Record numbers of donated Christmas hampers go out to clients

wrappingWe’ve had loads of donations this year … which is great, because this year we’ve got more clients than ever who are in need and will appreciate a little Christmas present.

We started advertising for donations a bit earlier this year because our services were starting to see more and more people in need of food and basic essentials.

Usually our Pregnancy Outreach Workers (POWs) give hampers to the clients they feel are most in need, but this year – thanks to the amount of food and gifts donated – we’ve been able to open it up. So our POWs have been able to give more freely, and our other services have been able to make up some packages for their clients too.

donationsWe have been surprised and thrilled to see donations coming in from all over the country over the last couple of months. After sharing a link to our blog post on social media, we received one particularly large donation of baby equipment and essentials, via our Amazon Wishlist, all the way from Kent!

Holte School in Lozells has been collecting for us this year, via the Trussell Trust, and they’ve been really generous – we were delighted to receive an amazing 32 boxes of donations from pupils, staff and their families.

The Vineyard Church, who donate food parcels to us regularly throughout the year too, have excelled themselves this Christmas with an especially large number of gift sets, toys and chocolates.

And of course our staff have donated a huge amount to the food and baby bank – not just over the last few weeks, but throughout the year. We don’t ask staff to contribute, but many choose to, and have been extremely generous in giving a little bit extra to the people they and their colleagues work with.

In this video, Justine takes us around the stock room to see what’s been donated.

But where do the donations go?

Our POWs, and for the first time some staff from other services too, have nominated people they support to receive a hamper.

In the video below, some of our staff explain who they’ve chosen and why, as well as giving us a sneaky peek at what they’re putting in the hampers. This year it’s not just POWs, because we’ve also been able to give donations to clients in our Befrienders and Healthy Futures services who are in need.

So many of our clients have had a really tough year this year; we’re very glad we’ve been able to give a little bit more to a few more people. So a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated anything, however small.

Having said that… our clients are in need of food and baby essentials all year round, not just at Christmas. If you’d like to donate, give us a ring on 0121 456 7820 or browse our Amazon wishlist.