By now we really shouldn’t be surprised at the kindness and community spirit of News readers.
Every time we launch an appeal, you demonstrate your heartwarming generosity.
But the response to this year’s Christmas appeal can only be described as amazing.
Just over a week after we launched our food appeal to support those in need at Christmas time, charities helping to distribute the food are talking about reaching record levels of donations.
Flavia Trewin from Caring Hands, a Gosport and Fareham partnership that deliver hampers across the area, says: ‘We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the response from everybody.’
Volunteers have been kept busy emptying trolleys full of food from supermarket collection points and taking them to be stored ready for delivery.
Flavia adds that it is great to see people ‘pulling together’ and helping those who are less fortunate than themselves – and we have to agree.
A lot of people may have had a tough year, but they are still spending a few pounds on both basics and treats so that others they have never met can have a better Christmas.
That’s lovely to see, but the appeal has still got several weeks to run so we urge everybody to continue giving what they can.
When you do your shopping at supermarkets across the Portsmouth area, simply pop a few extra items in your basket or trolley and then give them to the food appeal on the way out.
What you buy will then end up in Christmas hampers being distributed by food banks and churches.
It could be something as simple as tea bags, coffee, cereal or marmalade.
Or it could be chocolate selection boxes, mince pies, Christmas pudding or trifle.
Whatever you give will make a huge difference, especially to those who are desperate to make Christmas just that bit special for their children
On page 10 we’ve printed a list of supermarkets where you can donate. Please give generously.