Just before Christmas I saw a post on the Hope For Food facebook page requesting donations for the homeless plus children’s gifts which would go into hampers to help local families who may be struggling. I had a little think about what I could do and decided to make a boxful of festive stocking filler bags for the kiddies to open at Christmas.
Hope For Food is a wonderful charity which tries to bring a little happiness back into the lives of people who perhaps, through no fault of their own, find themselves without things most of us take for granted, such as food and shelter.
The charity which is based in Bournemouth have four soup kitchens per week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evening and they also have a stock of food items, clothes, shoes and bedding which have been donated by their supporters.
The small but loyal team of dedicated volunteers serve between 65 and 85 clients each session with their principle aim being to ensure that the homeless and disadvantaged people in Bournemouth get some hot food and drinks each week, throughout the year, whatever the weather.
In addition to the above they also hand out regular hampers to local families that may be struggling.
UPDATE – January 2019
I read on the Hope For Food facebook page that a Mum and her children arrived at their soup children one evening and explained that through no fault of their own they had been made homeless. They had a place to stay for the night and I was astounded by what the community had accomplished by the morning as they had raised money for them and ensured they had donations of food and clothing. I knew I didn’t have much to give them but I bought a few extra bits whilst food shopping and made up a hamper for the charity to deliver when they could. I really hope it made the family smile.