A red box has appeared at The Lounge @ Crosspool this week. It’s not a post box, it’s collecting a different kind of gift for Christmas – food.
Kate Hill, a local mum of two, is encouraging residents of Crosspool and the surrounding area to buy one extra item whilst food shopping to drop into the box.
She explained: “The Red Box idea is a simple way to get the community to come together for a great cause. Christmas is a time to remember that we are part of a community and it’s hard to imagine struggling to buy food for our children but the fact is that an increasing number of families just like ours need the support of the Sheffield Food Banks.
“I set up this appeal to support the food banks across Sheffield, primarily the Firth Park Food Bank because it’s an area that I know well.”
With support from Paula Stacey at The Lounge @ Crosspool and other members of the local community, the appeal is to run until Friday 20 December as the last day to drop food donations in.
Pastor Sam Okerenta, of the Royal Assembly church, who runs Firth Park Food Bank said: “There are 15 food banks around Sheffield run by church volunteers, up from eight a year ago. We are now helping up to 60 people a week, from about 15 when we started.”
According to the local food banks, demand is set to increase massively following various benefit cuts.
“If we can make the Crosspool Christmas Red Box Appeal a success in Crosspool then there’s no reason why this kind of community support cannot be extended the whole year round across Sheffield,” added Kate.
Kate is also the founder of the free community network and directory FunMeFit (www.funmefit.com), which encourages families across the UK to get involved in their community and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
To get involved in the appeal or for more information, contact Kate firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into The Lounge @ Crosspool.