Help­ing oth­ers at Easter is egg-cel­lent

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Cam­bus­lang church­go­ers have helped those less for­tu­nate en­joy some good cheer at Easter.

The Re­former pre­vi­ously told how Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church were ask­ing for dona­tions for draw­bags that would be do­nated to lo­cal food­banks.

Or­gan­is­ers had set a tar­get of 40 bags to be handed over, but ended up with three times as many af­ter par­ish­ioners rose to the chal­lenge and do­nated plenty.

Now the bags, which in­clude toi­letries for adults and colour­ing books and sweets for chil­dren, along with Easter eggs, will be handed out to food­bank users in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and Whit­law­burn later this week.

Hi­lary McDougall of Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church or­gan­ised the event and was thrilled at the re­sponse, which also saw mem­bers of Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church and Croft­foot Par­ish Church chip in with con­tri­bu­tions too.

She said: “We were hugely sur­prised at just how many dona­tions we got be­cause we’d aimed for 40 and ended up with 120 bags.

“There were peo­ple who made very gen­er­ous dona­tions, not just with toi­letries but with all the other items and with fi­nan­cial dona­tions too; it’s been re­ally great to see.

“Some­thing like this re­ally helps to keep the pro­file of the food­bank up too.

“There are ob­vi­ously cer­tain times like Christ­mas where dona­tions are very strong, but what we want is to keep the pro­file of the food­bank go­ing strong all year round.”

Nigel Wun­sch, a vol­un­teer at the food­banks, was de­lighted at the amount do­nated.

He added: “We’re over­whelmed with the dona­tions from so many peo­ple and we are re­ally de­lighted.

It’ll go to the three food­banks in Cam­bus­lang, Ruther­glen and Whit­law­burn.

“It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to peo­ple to get items like this.

“Th­ese peo­ple have been hav­ing very dif­fi­cult times and ex­tra items like this can make a dif­fer­ence.”

Nigel added that the food­banks are al­ways look­ing for dona­tions, or for vol­un­teers who are will­ing to help out.

He said: “There is al­ways a need for dona­tions.

“We do reg­u­lar col­lec­tions and we’re al­ways happy to have vol­un­teers who can help in any way.”

The Re­former re­ported ear­lier this year on statis­tics that showed child poverty lev­els in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang had been in­creas­ing.

Ian Robert­son, sec­re­tary of the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food­bank, re­vealed that there had a 50 per cent in­crease in de­mand for sup­port from the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Some­thing like this re­ally helps to keep the pro­file of the food­bank up

Dona­tions Hi­lary helped launch the draw­bag ap­peal ear­lier this year, aided by hus­band Bob and grand­son Archie Quinn

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