Christians Against Poverty Spread Festive Relief
Tuesday 22nd December 2015 @ 12:28 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News

Christians Against Poverty Tameside have been handing out festive relief for families in debt all across the borough.

The charity has been collecting food for its Christmas hamper appeal since September and they enrolled the help of Denton Community College students to divide it all up before it was distributed.

Now in its ninth year, the volume of food donated grows every time. This year at the Carmel Christian Centre in Denton, six tables were piled high with food; tins, cans, teabags, cereal, pasta and more.

Lisa Gilmore is the Centre Manager of the Carmel Christian Centre in Denton where CAP are based. She described the impact the hampers have on families as ‘phenomenal’. She said: “We get tears, texts and numerous thankyou cards; it really does mean a lot to the families when we deliver them so it’s a great thing to do. We have churches across Tameside that help support and donate.”

“British Gas in Hattersley have helped donate this year and it’s Denton Community College’s third year now of helping with the appeal. So we get a lot of support from the community and it’s just a really good thing to do.”

Lisa also explained why the Christmas hamper appeal can be so useful: “When families are in debt and they’re working hard to get out of debt, Christmas time can be really, really hard so we’ve found that it can be helpful for them and a blessing as well if we can take them a really nice, big food hamper just to release some money from their budget to spend on other things.

“They’re sticking to a tight budget and at Christmas time we all like to indulge a bit; we all like to go out and buy some nice chocolates or some nice crackers and biscuits and things like that and they haven’t always got that allowance in their budget to do that.

“So this is really just to say look, be blessed, have a nice Christmas, here is a bit extra for you, fill your food cupboards up and the money that you would have spent on those extras, maybe you can get a nice gift for a family member or something like that.”