Help us give all fam­i­lies a Christ­mas

The Car­marthen Jour­nal is once again ask­ing read­ers to join us in a drive to give the worst-off in our so­ci­ety a proper Christ­mas, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of last year’s cam­paign in which we teamed up with char­i­ties and groups across the re­gion to ap­peal fo

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CHRIST­MAS won’t be Christ­mas for ev­ery­one this year. But the Car­marthen Jour­nal is de­ter­mined to play Santa by de­liv­er­ing food, gifts and clothes di­rectly to those who need it.

Such was the suc­cess of the fes­tive ap­peal last year in sup­port of a net­work of food banks across South West Wales, Faith In Fam­i­lies and the Swansea Home­less Sanc­tu­ary, that we are do­ing the same again this year.

Ev­ery­one De­serves a Christ­mas will help peo­ple – from those who strug­gle to af­ford a Christ- mas tur­key or fes­tive pud, to the peo­ple sleep­ing rough – to get through the fes­tive sea­son.

Carolyn Har­ris, MP for Swansea East, men­tioned the cam­paign in Par­lia­ment ear­lier this month and praised the ini­tia­tive, which was also run by our sis­ter titles the Llanelli Star and South Wales Evening Post, for the way it had made a dif­fer­ence to so many lives.

She said: “Last year my lo­cal news­pa­per, the South Wales Evening Post, launched its Ev­ery­one De­serves a Christ­mas cam­paign.

“Not just to help the home­less but hard-up fam­i­lies who are strug­gling to get by, many as a

“Many fam­i­lies are fac­ing the prospect of can­celling Christ­mas al­to­gether. So we want to try to help, and we hope our read­ers will rally to the cause, as you have done so many times before Editor Jonathan Roberts

re­sult of Univer­sal Credit.

“Peo­ple across South West Wales were de­ter­mined to give. Do­na­tions of food, toys, clothes and cash were given to a net­work of char­i­ties to help peo­ple to sur­vive the fes­tive pe­riod and put on Christ­mas lunch in com­mu­nity cen­tres for those who couldn’t af­ford a tur­key with all the trim­mings.

“Such was the need for the cam­paign, the cam­paign has been launched again this year to help step in and play Santa for those who need it.”

Jonathan Roberts, editor of the Car­marthen Jour­nal, said he hoped read­ers would make sure ev­ery­one is treated to a Christ­mas to re­mem­ber.

He said: “As a lo­cal news­pa­per, it’s our job to tell the sto­ries that af­fect our com­mu­nity, and over the past few years, we have all no­ticed a grow­ing num­ber of those sto­ries are about fam­i­lies fac­ing hard­ship.

“We have also had the priv­i­lege of fea­tur­ing the tremen­dous ef­fort of hard­work­ing groups and vol­un­teers who try to help them.

“Sadly, with the prob­lems only set to worsen over the fes­tive pe­riod, cou­pled with the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Univer­sal Credit, stocks of es­sen­tials are set to be tested, let alone a few lux­u­ries to try to cob­ble to­gether some sort of cel­e­bra­tion.

“Many fam­i­lies are fac­ing the prospect of can­celling Christ­mas al­to­gether. So we want to try to help, and we hope our read­ers will rally to the cause, as you have done so many times before.”

Mr Roberts added: “We know Christ­mas is an ex­pen­sive time of the year, but any help, no mat­ter how small, could go a long way to bring­ing an un­ex­pected rea­son to cheer for a fam­ily this year.

“After all, ev­ery­one de­serves a Christ­mas.”

AMs and MPs have pledged to of­fer their of­fices to act as col­lec­tion points for this year’s ap­peal.

We are ask­ing peo­ple to give Christ­mas car­rier bags of do­na­tions to­wards the good cause and we are call­ing on a range of items to be donated – a tin of ham/chicken or salmon, a small jar of ap­ple or cran­berry sauce, a small fruit cake or small pack of short­bread or choco­late bis­cuits, sweets, a bar of choco­late, and ginger­bread, along with a pack of as­sorted nuts, nuts and raisins – so they can be handed out to those in need.

Pic­tures: Jonathan Myers

From left, Judy Pawluk, He­len Rice and Aish­ling Hevey at Car­marthen Food Bank.

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