If we can help at this time of year, we should

Rossendale Free Press - - The Rossendale Scribbler -

THERE are so many cheer­ful signs around and about this time of year.

From Na­tiv­ity cribs in town cen­tres to stat­ues be­ing dec­o­rated, to the won­der­ful sight and sounds of brass bands play­ing Christ­mas carols.

Against that back­ground, the sight of the trol­ley col­lect­ing food for the lo­cal food­bank in Tesco stopped me in my tracks.

It’s easy to for­get, at this time of year, that for some peo­ple, Christ­mas stress won’t be about whether the par­cel will ar­rive on time from Ama­zon, or bat­tling Christ­mas traf­fic jams, it’ll be about whether there is any food to put on the ta­ble.

It’s hard not to be­come po­lit­i­cal when dis­cussing food­banks, but it’s im­por­tant to try and put pol­i­tics to one side when talk­ing about some­thing as ba­sic as peo­ple in this first world coun­try be­ing able to feed them­selves.

In Rossendale, we have two or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing a food­bank ser­vice, the best known be­ing Raft, which feeds hun­dreds ev­ery week.

How we find our­selves at the end of 2018 with peo­ple un­sure of where their next meal will come from, I don’t know.

If we can help, we should.

Not nec­es­sar­ily the most cheer­ful mes­sage to end on be­fore Christ­mas, but an im­por­tant one all the same.

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