Giving the gift of Hope this Christmas

Sun 04th, Dec

News

Christmas is the season of giving and what better gift could you give than the gift of hope? This time of year that can be difficult for individuals and families who are already managing on extremely tight budgets.

Cold weather increases fuel bills that can push many families into food poverty, leaving them with the awful dilemma of choosing between heating and eating. Hope+ needs your support this Christmas.

Hope+ Foodbank, named after the street that connects both Cathedrals has, since opening in February 2013, has now provided a grand total of 33,000 food parcels to people in need.

Nadine Daniel, Hope+ Project Manager, said

“We provide support for everyone who needs it. We see people from all over the city of Liverpool and from all over the world. People find themselves in need for so many different reasons from local people who have fallen on hard times to refugees fleeing war zones. We offer a warm welcome, safety and support to all.”

The ongoing refugee crisis continues to push the number of people in crisis up. Nadine continues

“At this time of year I would ask people to remember that Jesus himself was a refugee as a baby. It is a little-known fact that at least 40% of our volunteers at Hope+ are actually refugees claiming asylum. They want to give something back and help us, the people who helped them.”

“I want to thank the people of Liverpool so much for their continuing support. The generosity found in this city is like nowhere else. I truly believe we wouldn’t have achieved half as much in a different city. It is the human kindness found here that makes us so blessed. I am hopeful that this Christmas we will experience the same big-hearted show of compassion.”

The Foodbank Christmas wish list includes items that might make somebody’s Christmas that little bit more special. Christmas food, toys or stocking fillers would be welcome. You might want to consider re-gifting any unwanted items that you receive.

You can make your donation of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and clothes in the collection boxes in Liverpool Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Quaker Meeting House, and Liverpool Parish Church.

To make a cash donation contact 0151 702 7237 or email: foodbank@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk