Hampers are packed full of goodies from News food appeal

114422-2445 XMAS HAMPERS (RS) MRW 17/12/2011''The Beacon, Portsdown Community Church were stocking up their Christmas hamper boxes at the weekend at The Meridian Centre ably assisted by the Mayor of Havant and his wife''(back left to right) The Mayor of Havant Cllr. Ken Smith Ruth Scott (49) the Community Projects Manager at The Beacon, Sonja Forde (47), and Sarah Riggs (50)'(front left to right) The Mayor of Havant's wife Hazel Smith, with Steve Forde (45) '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114422-2445)
114422-2445 XMAS HAMPERS (RS) MRW 17/12/2011''The Beacon, Portsdown Community Church were stocking up their Christmas hamper boxes at the weekend at The Meridian Centre ably assisted by the Mayor of Havant and his wife''(back left to right) The Mayor of Havant Cllr. Ken Smith Ruth Scott (49) the Community Projects Manager at The Beacon, Sonja Forde (47), and Sarah Riggs (50)'(front left to right) The Mayor of Havant's wife Hazel Smith, with Steve Forde (45) '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114422-2445)

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VOLUNTEERS have been packing up hampers in Havant with goodies donated in The News food appeal.

Trolleys have been filling up across the area as people support the campaign to help feed the poor, homeless and isolated at Christmas time.

On Saturday, volunteers from a Havant-based food bank began to prepare festive hampers delivering to families in Havant

Ruth Scott, community projects manager at the Portsdown Community Church, said: ‘We want to boost the stacks of food in our cupboard because the need is increasing so dramatically.

‘People have been generous. It’s humbling.

‘They have thought about little things for the kids. There are lots of basics as well which is what we need.

‘Through no fault of their own, some people are in need.

‘This gives people the opportunity to help those who don’t have enough.’

Ruth said that people were overwhelmed when their hampers were delivered.

‘Everybody is so grateful. They can’t put it into words.

‘We have had people in the past say that it’s restored their faith in humanity. It’s light at the end of the tunnel.

‘It’s something nice happening to them when everything else is so bad. It’s absolutely amazing.’

To make a donation, please pick an item from the list on the right and drop it off at one of our collection points across the area.

Donations will be accepted right up until Christmas Eve.