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Substantial boost for North East Christmas hamper project

Substantial boost for North East Christmas hamper project

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from Karbon, households feeling the pinch this Christmas will get some extra support from Feeding Families.

This festive season, the North East charity is providing over 7,500 festive food hampers full of those Christmas treats that are often taken for granted.

Feeding Families started in 2017 through one family helping another, and three years later is now accepting donations from businesses, local groups, and individuals across the region.

This year, with the support of over 300 volunteers, the charity is packing and distributing over double the number of hampers from last year, to families who need them most.

Juliet Sanders is the Founder of Feeding Families. She said: “This year things have really gone through the roof. Requests for hampers have more than doubled from last year and it’s a clear sign of how much the pandemic has affected families in the North East.

“Not only has the need for our hampers doubled but we’ve been overwhelmed with the number of donations we have received and the generosity of our volunteers. We really depend on so many individuals getting involved and we’re so thankful to everyone who has supported us and helped make the project a success.”

The charity’s partnership with us first started when it successfully secured £5,000 worth of funding to help with its response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Juliet added: “It’s been fantastic that Karbon Homes has partnered with us this year, and we were absolutely thrilled to get that grant through. The whole operation to get these hampers packed and out to families is resting on the money that we receive, that helps us do what we do, week by week, year by year.”

Stacey Dobson, Community Connector for Karbon Homes, spent some time volunteering at the packing centre. She said: “We were really keen to support Feeding Families’ festive hamper project. The team’s determination to help make Christmas special for as many families as they can was really admirable and I was eager to volunteer my time to help out.

“It’s been a great way to connect with the charity and understand what it’s all about. If you’ve been there and done it, you see it from a totally different perspective and it was an incredibly rewarding couple of hours.”

Are you part of a community organisation that would benefit from a grant like this? We're offering support to local causes working to reduce the impact of the pandemic through our Supporting Community Organisations fund.

Local causes can apply for up to £10,000, which may be used to help upskill volunteers or pay for training courses, or to fund asset purchases such as furniture and equipment.

To find out more visit our funding webpage or contact the team on mycommunity@karbonhomes.co.uk

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18 December 2020

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