WHEN Denise Jackman was offered free food by a community church, she was overwhelmed with gratitude.
The 64-year-old had seen volunteers dropping food off to her neighbour and offered to take the food in as she wasn’t there.
But when she was offered food for free, she couldn’t believe it.
Denise, from Mabey Close in Gosport, had been out of work for many years after suffering a head injury, and was struggling financially.
Volunteers at the Lee Community Church now bring her food hampers throughout the year.
Denise said: ‘It’s for people who don’t have a lot of money who can’t always get food.
‘It’s a good idea. With the rising prices of fuel and everything else that goes with it, that doesn’t always leave a lot of money for food.
‘Some people have to make a choice between keeping warm in the winter, or eating.’
It’s all part of The News’ food appeal to help the poor, homeless and isolated this Christmas, which Denise is fully supporting.
‘It’s a good idea,’ she said. ‘It’s difficult for families with children because they are probably thinking they’ve got to get food in to feed the children and they have got to get Christmas presents as well.
‘It doesn’t leave a lot of money left over for presents for the children.
‘At least this is helping someone out in some way.
‘If everyone was to do that it would go that bit further.’
To make a donation to our appeal, choose an item from the list on the right and visit one of our collection points to deposit the food.
We are collecting food up until Christmas Eve so please keep donating.