Our Feed our Families appeal is going great guns - with more than 50 bags of food, presents, treats and more donated to our campaign.
You have been dropping off supplies to our festive appeal in droves at libraries in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton as well as at our reporters’ surgeries at Asda Langley Mill and Salcare, Heanor.
And the amount is growing by the day.
Every bit of it will go to the Ripley churches’ Christmas food parcel scheme, which each year sends out hampers to help families in need though the festive period.
While the churches this year will help around 80 families with vital nutritional food in Amber Valley - thanks to your donations of gifts, such as board games, toys and dolls, Christmas will be just that little bit brighter for hundreds of the area’s children.
In many cases it might be the only gift they receive this year.
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.”
The plan is to keep the drop-off points open until the end of December.
For details of these and what sort of food, gift, or toy to donate, see below.
If we have any extra goods left over, it will go towards the Salvation Army’s ongoing work to provide food for the most desperately in need parts of the community.
This includes those who are elderly, disabled, or victims of domestic violence among many others.