Your food donations will give Ripley’s Salvation Army a real head start in 2014 - after we dropped off yet another batch of goods this week.
News readers brought in so much dried and tinned food for our Feed Our Families scheme over Christmas that we had three whole car loads left over.
This week we took the final few bags to the Heath Road Salvation Army depot.
Ripley’s envoy for the charity Kevin Wibberley thanked readers as the food will go a long way to helping the Sally Army’s ongoing food parcel project, that seeks to feed those in dire need all year.
He said: “We are getting up to ten families referred to us a week in Amber Valley.
“These are all homes in genuine need, that are struggling financially. Many of which have had allowances stopped for whatever reason.”
The Salvation Army is referred families to support by various agencies such as Social Services.
It does not run a food bank, but it delivers vital packages containing enough to make simple, nutritional meals to those referred. Often they are elderly and disabled people who are struggling to cope.
With the possibility of snow on the horizon, the charity could be delivering food you have donated to isolated older folk across the region.
Kevin said: “It’s one of the main reasons we keep food and blankets in. We also have a lot of homeless people drop by to pick up supplies.”
The Feed our Familes appeal saw you donate a several great gift items - nearly all of which were delivered to Amber Valley homes over Christmas by the Salvation Army volunteers.
Former policeman Kevin has been envoy for the charity for 15 years and said the