TROLLEYS have been overflowing with food in supermarkets across the area as generous readers have been making donations to our appeal.
Food has been distributed to food banks where it has been turned into hampers to help the needy at Christmas time.
Scott Mount, deputy manager at Asda in Bedhampton, said: ‘This time of year people think of others.
‘We always have a trolley in our foyer for a certain charity but this year people have given more than ever before.
‘It’s gone really well. It’s been great to give back. Some of our customers really like what we are all doing to help those less fortunate than us.’
Some of the food has also been donated to help Christians Together in Fareham in a meal organised to give a group of lonely and isolated people their Christmas lunch tomorrow.
Jack Walker, of the Leigh Park baptist church in Havant, said: ‘There have been a lot of smiles on people’s faces with what we have been able to do.
‘People do want to help those in need. They understand that for some people, life is harsh. It restores people’s faith in humanity.’
Melvyn Thomas, from the Salvation Army in Southsea, added: ‘The support has been outstanding. The people of Portsmouth have once again come out trumps.
‘It would have been really hard this year otherwise. I think the people of Portsmouth are very generous.
‘People have been coming to our front door and handing stuff over. I’m overwhelmed with the support of people, but having lived in Portsmouth all my life I know what people are like.’