WE ASKED you to help – and you didn’t let us down.
Hundreds of you donated to our food appeal to help make it the biggest and best ever.
As well as readers, supermarkets across the area got involved and saw more than 30 trolleys filled to the brim with festive food ready to be distributed to the needy.
Editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘I’d like to thank each and every person and company that donated. You made this appeal a great success and helped dozens of families with your generosity.’
Helen Davis was one of many parents wondering how she would feed her family this Christmas.
But now, thanks to the News food appeal, she and her family will have a happier Christmas.
Helen said getting a box of food through the News appeal was a fabulous Christmas bonus.
‘I’m very grateful,’ she said. ‘It’s nice that people actually think about other people.’
‘It’s about caring and sharing. If we can help somebody else out then that’s what it should be about. All of these things are luxuries.
‘The children only get sweets and crisps once a week.’
The 48-year-old mother-of-10 struggles to afford to feed her five children who still live at home with her in Lee Road, Gosport. She is unable to work as she is the carer for her 11-year-old son Jordan who has learning difficulties.
And a recent cap on her benefits left her with less money to buy food.
But luckily, she gets food parcels which are provided by the Lee Community Church.
Helen added: ‘We are just trying to make do with what we’ve got.
‘The kids have got their Christmas decorations up and they have got a few presents. Then it’s about spending time with the family. A lot of us are in the same boat. You need help to get through the hard period.’
Supermarkets across the area supported our campaign by putting out trolleys which readers then kindly donated to.
Trolleys were filled to the brim with festive goodies including mince pies, Christmas puddings and stuffing, as well as basic items such as cereal, sugar, tea and coffee.
And Helen added that she hopes people are grateful for the support.
‘I don’t think you should be embarrassed about going down to the food bank,’ she said.
‘People should thank those who have donated. It’s nice because they have helped people who aren’t otherwise going to have a great Christmas.’
Generosity has completely overwhelmed food banks
EVERY year Flavia Trewin helps pack up food hampers for people in need of help in Gosport.
But this year she said she has been overwhelmed by the amount of food that has been donated thanks to The News’ food appeal.
Flavia, of the Bridgemary Family Church, said: ‘It’s blown our minds.
‘We have had so many wonderful donations. Everybody has opened up their hearts this year.
‘We have even packed up beautiful presents this year.
‘All of us are so very grateful. We would like to say a big thank you.’