A helping hand for those in need at Christmas time
Rutherglen and Cambuslang foodbank has helped nearly 170 people in the lead- up to Christmas.
But thanks to the generosity of local people, it has been able to meet the requests at what is always a busy time of year.
In fact, foodbank staff estimate stock levels should be at adequate levels for at least another month.
This is all against the backdrop of its final food drive at Tesco coinciding with the flooding of Dalmarnock Road.
That resulted in an 80 per cent drop in footfall at the store. But Tesco kindly stepped in and kept up the displayfor an additional 24 hours making sure there were no shortages.
Foodbank committee member Ian Robertson said: “The combination of the food- drive, large pre- Christmas collections and a number of monetary gifts, mean the foodbank has secure stock levels through to the end of January – assuming that the normal level of donations continue to be received.
“Ov e r the last couple of weeks we have responded to 80 valid requests for help resulting in a total of 91 adults and 76 children being provided with much-needed food in the run-up to Christmas.
“A merry Christmas to all the volunteers, those who donate food and especially those in need at this time of year.”
Among the groups who have helped keep stock levels high is Trinity High School.
The SSVP group encouraged the whole community to think about those who are struggling financially this Christmas. Using the key themes of Advent, hope, peace, joy and love, the group spoke to class groups and year group assemblies about the plight faced by many in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen area.
Through their hard work, supported by Miss Haldane, Mrs Marks and the S6 CARITAS students, 1339 items were collected during Advent.
A spokesperson said: “This initiative continues to demonstrate the group’s commitment to social justice, living out their Catholic faith.”
And housing developer Cruden also got in on the act.
Colleagues from their building and renewals department held an office food donation over the last few weeks, with all items being donated to Rutherglen Foodbank in time for Christmas.
The efforts of the staff were boosted by financial donations from those working at the organisation’s Glasgow headquarters, with £165 also being used to purchase food items.
The donation was organised by Kellyann Cassidy.
Rutherglen and Cambuslang foodbank currently has three bases in the area - St Columbkille’s Hall, Whitlawburn Resource Centre and Cambuslang Baptist Church.
Anyone interested in supporting the foodbank should email info@ rutherglencambuslang.foodbank.org. uk
Food for thought Trinity High pupils and staff with some of the goods they collected for the foodbank