Council Workers Dig Deep for Families Facing Tough ChristmasPublished Thursday, 20 December 2018
Kind-Hearted council workers have dug deep to help local families facing a tough Christmas.
They have collected a feast of festive fare for the Ribble Valley Foodbank and gifts for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.
Ribble Valley Borough Council workers heeded a rallying call from colleague Zainub Ukadia, donating puddings, cakes and crackers; chocolates, sweets and mince pies; books, games and cuddly toys.
Zainub said: “Some people find it hard to make ends meet, struggle to pay bills and face having to choose between eating or warming a room, let alone enjoying treats and presents.
“Christmas is about spreading love and thinking about those who are less fortunate, so as a UNISON member I invited colleagues to donate festive food and children’s presents.
“My kind-hearted colleagues rose to the occasion and I have been bowled over by their response. I know it’s only a few treats, but I hope it will remind people who are struggling this Christmas that they are not alone or forgotten.”
The Ribble Valley Foodbank is based at Trinity Church in Clitheroe and staffed by 75 volunteers, who handed out 125 emergency food supplies per month last year.
The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal collects new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a festive gift.
Pic cap: CHRISTMAS SPIRIT – Ribble Valley Borough Council employee Zainub Ukadia.