Crawley Borough Council and its contractors Mears and Wates are supporting local foodbank charities The Easter Team and Free Shop Crawley this Christmas.
The council has set up a donation station at the Town Hall for both charities, while Wates has delivered more than 200 advent calendars and festive food to The Easter Team.
Mears has donated advent calendars and foodbank items to Free Shop Crawley Residents can donate items in the Town Hall foyer until Tuesday 19 December. The charities particularly want the following items:
Puddings, such as mince pies and Christmas puddings (must be non-alcoholic)
Chocolate biscuits, shortbread, festive biscuits
Other packet items for Christmas meals
Tins of baked beans
Tins or packets of soup
Toiletry gift sets
Gifts for parents
Other ways that residents can help include:
The Easter Team needs people to help deliver food parcels on 22 December. You will need to have your own van
Giving a financial donation towards a food hamper through FreeShop Crawley's website
Councillor Sue Mullins, Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Culture, Crawley Borough Council, said:
"I’m proud to support this initiative, which will help two fantastic Crawley charities who do so much good in the town. If you can afford to, please donate at our collection station."
Su Parrish, Operations Manager, The Easter Team, said:
"We are incredibly grateful for this support to spread the joy of Christmas. The generosity of Crawley people never fails to amaze me!"
Laura-Jane Wainwright, CEO and Project Development Manager, Free Shop Crawley, said:
"This funding is going to make so much difference to the beneficiaries of our charity. We will be able to broaden our reach and offer crucial support to those in financial hardship. As the cost of living rises, households have to cut on even more essentials such as toothpaste and sanitary items; women and young girls are using tissues or simply staying home when on their period. Having this funding means we can provide the essentials needed to help reduce the social and financial inequality that our beneficiaries face."