‘I’d hit rock bottom but food hampers restored my faith’

HELP Alicia Drapier received food from Jacobs Well Family Church.  Picture: Sarah Standing (114299-5292)
HELP Alicia Drapier received food from Jacobs Well Family Church. Picture: Sarah Standing (114299-5292)

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WHEN Alicia Drapier had a food hamper delivered to her door, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The 27-year-old single mum-of-two was going through a hard time after her son George was born.

She was told by her employers that she had been overpaid and that money would be taken back from her maternity pay, just weeks before Christmas.

Alicia, from Bucksey Road in Gosport, said: ‘It was the worst time in my life. I was very down. It was probably the lowest I had ever been.

‘Then I had a gentleman knock at the door with a food hamper for me.

‘I couldn’t believe that somebody who didn’t know me was willing to do something so nice at a time when I had hit rock bottom. It restored my faith in humanity.’

Now, Alicia is supporting our food appeal to help people struggling across our area distributions by the Portsmouth Food Bank at Christmas time.

She is just coming to the end of her maternity leave but is still getting hampers delivered from the Jacobs Well family church in Bridgemary.

‘They are fabulous. They are wonderful,’ she added.

‘When I’m earning again I will give back. I’m in a better place now. If you are willing to give to other people then I think that’s just wonderful.

‘It means a lot anyway but at Christmas time it makes it that much more special.’

To make a donation, just buy an item from the list on the right and put it in one of our trolleys.

We are also looking for butchers to donate turkeys for meals taking place across the area on the big day.