Firstly, we’d like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who supports the local Food Bank with donations, volunteering and prayer. Secondly, we’d like to update you with what we have planned in the lead-up to Christmas – and how you can help.
Preparations are underway at the Food Bank for helping those in need in our community during what can be a particularly challenging time. The Cornerstone Christmas event will be held on Thursday 21st December at Cornerstone House in the Town Centre. It will cater for around 150 people, providing them with a festive meal, food parcel and gifts. There will also be Christmas celebration at the Cumbernauld Village Food Bank the following day, Friday 22nd December, with carols, treats and fellowship.
At Christmas we hope to include fresh items in the food parcels, but this obviously raises issues regarding storage, and keeping the items fresh, if these items are donated ahead of time. One possible solution is to ask for cash donations, similar to the Good Gifts concept, to provide items such as a chicken or sprouts, stuffing or trifle, oranges or cream, which can then be bought on the day and distributed safely. If this is something you feel able to support we would be most grateful.
Please place any donations in the collecting tins at either the Parish Church in Cumbernauld Village or the Forge Community Centre in Balloch when we worship there. Donations of non-perishable festive food items are also welcome, of course.
The congregation of Cumbernauld Old and the wider community have always been outstanding in their response in the past and we hope we can enlist your assistance once more so that, in the words of our Mission Statement, we can “reach out with the love and joy of Jesus Christ”.
Finally, we would also really appreciate more volunteers to help at the food bank. We are open every Friday from 11.00am – 12.30pm, so please pop in and say “hello”. Alternatively, please call Sandra on (01236) 732280 if you can help. Thanks!