A Nottingham church community group is running a charity project is hoping to spread some holiday spirit by delivering free hampers full of festive food on Christmas Day to those in need.
This is the first year The New Generation Community Hub is organising the Hope Christmas Hampers’ project and it has turned out to be more popular than they thought.
Over 40 families or individuals are set to receive a hamper, taking away the worry of the cost of Christmas food, as the hampers include everything you’d need for a really enjoyable Christmas lunch – turkey, vegetables, potatoes, gravy, mince pies, crackers, chocolates and also a candle and an invite to a Christmas service.
Sharna Khan, 29, from Basford, is a volunteer at the New Generation Church & Community Hub, who came up with the idea for The Hope Christmas Hampers’ project.
She said: “I have a wonderful team of supportive people around me and when I had the idea, I shared it with a few people and literally the following day a flyer was completed and it was advertised and referrals were coming in.
“Due to the many changes this year, we wanted to ensure that those who are vulnerable in our community would still be able to celebrate Christmas with their families and that hardship wouldn’t get in the way of that.”
The community also regularly runs a food bank service and they’ve noticed that there has been a significant increase in demand for food parcels because of the effects that the pandemic has had on people financially, mentally and physically.
Sharna added: “Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us, but it shouldn’t be limited to those.
“It’s also about those we’ve never met and will never see, those who may not be as fortunate as us and those who may need a helping hand.”
The volunteers will now work on going through the applications and preparing the hampers, but they need more help.
They’re looking for people who are able to come and help pack and deliver boxes from the David Lane, New Generation Church in December and also want to appeal for more donations.