Libraries back our festive food appeal

Food Bank: Cllr Kevin Gillott, library manager Judith Hawcroft and library assistant Pauline Leonard.
Food Bank: Cllr Kevin Gillott, library manager Judith Hawcroft and library assistant Pauline Leonard.
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Our Christmas food appeal has had an astonishing start –and now thanks to our local libraries – it is even easier to donate.

Our kind–hearted readers have made the first fortnight of our Feed Our Families campaign a great success.

More than 20 shopping bags full of food, toys, wrapping paper and treats have been handed in at our selected drop off points, all of which will go to the Ripley churches Christmas food appeal.

The scheme sees families in need around Amber Valley and the Ripley and Heanor area helped out with hampers containing meals and gifts they otherwise might not be able to afford.

This week Derbyshire County Council has agreed to back our campaign by allowing you to drop off your donations at libraries in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton .

Deputy leader of the authority Cllr Kevin Gillott, said: “It’s exactly the same agenda that the council is following itself.

“We recognise that a lot of families across Amber Valley are struggling at the moment and that’s why we are putting £100,000 into helping to support food banks across the county this year.”

Last year the Ripley churches together helped more than 100 families get through the festive period with its Christmas parcels.

Envoy for the Salvation Army Kevin Wibberley said: “We provide food parcels to families throughout the year, but we would want to do something slightly extra throughout the Christmas season. We need those staple foods – things which can provide meals for people. But at Christmas, we try to provide that something special as well that could really make their Christmas, such as a small box of chocolates, biscuits, anything like that.”

See below for more details of how to donate.