Helping others at Easter is egg-cellent
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