Food­bank re­ceives a dou­ble boost jjust in time for Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food­bank re­ceived two wel­come boosts last week, just in time for Christ­mas.

They were pre­sented with a tremen­dous do­na­tion from pupils and staff and Trin­ity High School, as well as re­ceiv­ing £100 worth of food from the TSB branches in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Trin­ity High School’s SSVP Group has col­lected 1500 items for the food­bank, which pro­vides emer­gency sup­plies to peo­ple and fam­i­lies who have been hit by fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

The tragic news is that de­mand for the food­bank has be­come so high that it will open a third out­let in the area next year.

But for­tu­nately, peo­ple across Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen are show­ing amaz­ing gen­eros­ity by sup­port­ing the food­bank with do­na­tions.

As part of the ad­vent pro­gramme, the SSVP Group at Trin­ity spoke at year group as­sem­blies and the pupils col­lected 1500 items demon­strat­ing the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.

Proud head teacher Peter Bollen said: “The SSVP Group have been a pow­er­ful op­por­tu­nity for th­ese young peo­ple to demon­strate their faith com­mit­ment from help­ing at the Ozanam Cen­tre and now col­lect­ing for the lo­cal food bank. They have a very strong aware­ness of so­cial jus­tice and con­cern for oth­ers.”

The two teach­ers that helped co- or­di­nate ev­ery­thing were Miss Hal­dane and Mrs Marks, and the pupils in­volved were Divya Do­mun, Charley Coll, Max Gib­son, Olivia McLaren, Lau­ren O’Neill, Emma Wilson, Lau­ren O’Reilly, Erin Welsh, Erin May Welsh, Emma Green, Irene Ja­cob, Kiera El­liot, Gabrielle Car­rMcEwan, Kelsey Coyne, Cara Heuston, Chelsea McCabe, Carly Burns and Katie For­rest.

Then last Mon­day, the food­bank re­ceived another do­na­tion from the TSB branches in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Thomas Mar­shall, the bank man­ager, pre­sented £100 worth of food.

He said: “We are de­lighted t o b e h e l p i ng o u t a v e r y worth­while cause and pleased that the do­na­tion will as­sist the great work be­ing done to help those less for­tu­nate in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Both do­na­tions, as well as ev­ery other one through­out the last year, have been ac­knowl­edged by food­bank chair­man Bren­dan Rooney.

He said: “Through­out the year, there’s been a re­ally steady stream of do­na­tions from the schools, nurs­eries, churches of all de­nom­i­na­tions, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als, and pretty much the whole of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have done it.

“It ’ s g e n u i n e l y ma d e a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives - peo­ple who have been hard up and strug­gling in the face of ad­ver­sity, but the good news is there’s a lot of peo­ple who are out there and want to do some­thing about it.

“For ex­am­ple, last week, be­fore Christ­mas, we dis­trib­uted 21 boxes of food, but we re­ceived 689kg in do­na­tions, which is 24 boxes of sup­plies, so we’re ex­tremely grate­ful to ev­ery­one.

“It speaks so highly for the peo­ple here, that as they are get­ting ready to cel­e­brate Christ­mas with their fam­i­lies, they are think­ing about those who are less for­tu­nate than them­selves.

“Trin­ity High School send in a very large do­na­tion, and we’d like to thank them for it. Ev­ery sin­gle school in the area has con­trib­uted over the last year, and what’s fan­tas­tic is that on many oc­ca­sions it has been in­sti­gated by the chil­dren them­selves, want­ing to help oth­ers.

“We thank the TSB for their support as well, which is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Bren­dan again thanked the com­mu­nity for their support of the food­bank, and ex­plained how tough it is for peo­ple who are strug­gling to make ends meet.

He said: “Each and ev­ery do­na­tion has made a do­na­tion to peo­ple liv­ing in a time of cri­sis - it’s not for some­thing that’s on­go­ing, but just to help the peo­ple who come to us get through a few days.

“But the un­for­tu­nate thing is, there’s far too many peo­ple out there who have found them­selves in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

“I know from talk­ing to one per­son who have to see us, she had the im­pos­si­ble choice of pick­ing be­tween pay­ing for heat­ing, or food. That’s a hor­ren­dous decision for any­one to make, and they shouldn’t have to be mak­ing it.

“I’m just very grate­ful that it’s been a mild win­ter so far, so there’s not been more peo­ple put in that po­si­tion.”

The food­bank has been for­tu­nate to have the support of a ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers through­out the last year, since it first opened.

Bren­dan added: “There’s a whole army of vol­un­teers who are giv­ing up their time, some of them giv­ing three days a week, to help us. I would like to thank each and ev­ery one of them.

“St Colum­bkille’s Church have made their hall avail­able for us on a con­sis­tent ba­sis over the last year, at no cost. We are now able to give them a do­na­tion, to thank them for be­ing so help­ful.”

Gen­eros­ity Trin­ity High teach­ers and some of the pupils who co-or­di­nated the Food­bank do­na­tion (from left) Miss Hal­dane, Divya Do­mun, Charley Coll, Max Gib­son, head teacher Peter Bollen, Olivia McLaren, Lau­ren O’Neill, Emma Wilson and Mrs Marks

Thank you Thomas Mar­shall (left) and Brian Gil­mour from the TSB make a do­na­tion of £100 of food to the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food­bank

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