Helpful hampers are on the way to needy families for Christmas

GIFTS IBM employees stack boxes of Christmas food for the less fortunate at All Saints Church in Commercial Road Portsmouth.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (114283-1264)
GIFTS IBM employees stack boxes of Christmas food for the less fortunate at All Saints Church in Commercial Road Portsmouth. Picture: Malcolm Wells (114283-1264)
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FOOD hampers stuffed with delicious goodies were today being handed out to needy families in time for Christmas.

Generous workers at IBM, in North Harbour, yesterday packed 100 hampers to be distributed around Portsmouth.

And today social services workers were sharing them out in the city.

Pompey legend Linvoy Primus and the city’s Lord Mayor Cllr Cheryl Buggy were both there to help volunteers from the technology giant pack the hampers at the All Saints’ Church in Commercial Road, Landport.

Community programme manager Ali Slater said: ‘It’s all about making a difference for people in our community and giving them a little something special for Christmas.

‘It’s nice because it shows that people do care.

‘A lot of people can be lonely before Christmas and it’s a nice gesture to let them know there are people out there who care.

‘It’s was fantastic and it was great to see Linvoy and Cheryl helping out.’

IBM has been running its hamper scheme for the last 20 years.

Employees donate money and the fund is used to buy items to fill the hampers.

Each one contains 25 items including cake, mince pies, tea and coffee, pasta and other food items.

Cllr Buggy said: ‘It’s wonderful.

‘It’s one example of the dozens of things which are taking place across the city in the run-up to Christmas.

‘It’s not just about the food either. There’s a message behind it, letting people know they are being thought of at Christmas.

‘The staff all put in a card in each hamper as well which was a nice touch.

‘And not only does it make the people receiving the hampers feel good but it also does a lot for people to know that they are giving something at this time of year.’

Around 2,400 food items were delivered to the church where the volunteers packed the hampers yesterday.

The food was bought in partnership with Morrisons supermarket.