A help­ing hand for those in need at Christ­mas time

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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