FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Pri­mary school’s huge do­na­tion to char­ity

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Co­lette Crampsey

Gen­er­ous young­sters are lend­ing a help­ing hand to make life eas­ier for peo­ple who are hun­gry and in need.

Pupils from Wil­liams­burgh Pri­mary School turned up for classes this week armed with do­na­tions to give to Ren­frew­shire Food­bank.

Kids col­lected a fan­tas­tic amount of sup­plies for the char­ity, which pro­vides emer­gency food pack­ages for peo­ple in cri­sis.

Tons of tinned goods, ce­re­als, bis­cuits and drinks passed through the doors of the Pais­ley school, as well as clean­ing and san­i­tary prod­ucts.

The col­lec­tion, which linked up with the school’s har­vest fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions, gave pupils the op­por­tu­nity to help oth­ers who are in need of ex­tra sup­port.

Prin­ci­ple teacher Jay Smith said the pupils put in an ex­cel­lent ef­fort.

He ex­plained: “The chil­dren brought in a fan­tas­tic amount. We had to get ad­di­tional ta­bles for all the sup­plies.

“The school has had a col­lec­tion for the last cou­ple of years now, and every year man­ages to do­nate an ex­cep­tional amount.

“The kids were very ex­cited to show the teach­ers what they had brought to school with them ,and the par­ents have been so sup­port­ive.”

Ren­frew­shire Food­bank gives peo­ple a three-day sup­ply of food, with the aim of giv­ing items that will al­low them to have a bal­anced diet.

It re­lies on do­na­tions to stay in op­er­a­tion and with stocks low, and de­mand on the rise, help is more vi­tal than ever.

Wil­liams­burgh pupils have been learn­ing about how they can sup­port the com­mu­nity project and help fam­i­lies who live be­low the bread­line.

Mr Smith added: “A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the food­bank will be com­ing to give a talk at as­sem­bly after the Oc­to­ber hol­i­days.

“This will al­low kids to learn about what the bank does, see where their do­na­tions have gone and how they have helped.

“The fo­cus is teach­ing them that not ev­ery­one has the same things that they’ve got, so that they can learn the im­por­tance of shar­ing and giv­ing to char­ity.”

 Do­na­tions can be made to Ren­frew­shire Food­bank at unit 12, 80 Aber­corn Street, Pais­ley, Mon­days and Fri­days, from 10am to noon, and on Thurs­days, from 5pm to 7pm.

There are also drop boxes in Tesco Lin­wood, Tesco Pais­ley, Mor­risons, in John­stone, and the Co- ops in Hous­ton, Kil­barchan, Bridge of Weir and Bish­op­ton.

Peo­ple can also make a do­na­tion by call­ing Ren­frew­shire Food­bank on 0141 889 7999, or email­ing man­ager@ ren­frew­shire.food­bank.org.uk

Tons of sup­port Pri­mary 1 pupil Gre­gor Wells, five, with the food­bank haul

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