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Give a helping hand this Christmas

December 17, 2020 9:00 AM
By Mark Wooding

Christmas is always busy. At times it can be confusing; presents to buy; presents to wrap; food to order and collect; bedrooms to be made up; trees decorated; tables laid; cards sent. This year with the pressure of coronavirus and the regulations and guidance introduced by the Government there is even more to think about, even more decision to make. So no one can be criticised for being a bit focussed on their own immediate problems and issues.

Christmas is also a time where we express strong sentiments of friendship and charity. It really can bring out the best in people. So can we ask everyone to take a moment to think about helping Crediton Foodbank?

We could spend a lot of time arguing about whether foodbanks should exist in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but the reality is they do and that they are needed by many thousands of our fellow citizens. This year especially, with short working hours, reduced wages and redundancies arising from the pandemic even more people are desperately turning to foodbanks for the basics to feed their families.

Crediton FoodbankCrediton Foodbank has been doing amazing work this year and needs our support as much as, if not more than, ever. So as you do your final shopping for Christmas please put a few things in your trolley that can go to the foodbank. Most of the big stores and supermarkets have collection bins, usually at the tills, please buy something and drop it off there. One small suggestion check the collection bin as you go into the store, there is often an indication as to what is most needed. It isn't always pasta!

The Crediton Foodbank is open for donations Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.00am-12:30pm at Crediton Congregational Church, High Street, EX17 3LF. Check out what they specifically need on their Facebook page here.

You can also drop off goods at The Yellow Book Shop (Crediton Liberal Democrats), 48 High Street, Crediton. (While you are there why not pick up a book for boxing day?)

You can also make a financial donation directly to Crediton Foodbank. You can find their bank details here.

The Trussell Trust has also been doing amazing work this year. If you don't live near Crediton but still would like to help you can use their 'foodbank finder' here to identify a local foodbank that needs your support.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

p.s. Why not send a Christmas Greeting to local Tory MP Mel Stride and point out to him that foodbanks really should not need to exist in this most blessed of countries.

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