People are being urged to help spread a little festive cheer by contributing money, small gifts and food to the annual Malt Cross Food Bank Christmas appeal.
The charity-run café bar, on St James’s Street in Nottingham, is once again hoping to make Christmas memorable for households who might be struggling financially. Food in tins, jars and packets, as well as gifts, toiletries and cash donations, are all needed to make a difference to communities around Nottinghamshire.
The campaign, which began in 2012, has previously received support from the city’s Cornerhouse entertainment complex as well as St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, The Treat Kitchen and NatWest.
Last year, the Malt Cross worked with charities such as Base 51, which helps young people, Women’s Aid and Nottinghamshire Probation Service, which supports victims of crime.
In addition, 16 families facing hardship received Christmas food and presents, including a young mum fleeing domestic violence with her two children.
Businesses at the Cornerhouse will once again be donating boxes of groceries this year – and the Malt Cross is now looking for more firms and individuals to get involved.
Jo Cox-Brown, chief executive of the Malt Cross Trust said: “This is a busy time of year as everyone is rushing around buying presents and going to parties but it can be very difficult for those in need.
“Christmas is about celebrating the greatest gift of love. We want to share that love by ensuring that no-one feels left out and everyone gets to join in the celebration.
“This festive season, we’re asking people to pick up a couple of extra items when they are at the supermarket, search their cupboards for unwanted gifts or donate some money so we can buy turkeys and food for Christmas dinners. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are, every gift of love can help someone feel noticed and cared for.
“People can drop their loose change into our collection box on the bar or organise a fundraiser at their workplace. All the money raised will be donated to families who wouldn’t get to celebrate Christmas otherwise.
“We would also like to thank everyone who is backing this year’s campaign, including The Cornerhouse and NatWest.”
Suzanne Green, centre manager at The Cornerhouse, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Malt Cross Christmas Appeal for the third year running.
“Our tenants and customers have always been incredibly generous so we’re hoping they will get behind this year’s campaign to make Christmas special for families in Nottinghamshire.”
Donations of goods in tins, packets and jars are welcomed, along with chocolates, games, handmade or unwanted gifts, supermarket vouchers and money-off coupons.
Anyone interested in starting a collection, or who would like to request a poster, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the Malt Cross. The closing date for donations is Monday 21 December.
For further details on the Malt Cross, visit www.maltcross.com.