The season of giving has manifested itself with a mountain of edible gifts being donated to our Christmas Food bank.
Enough non-perishable food has been donated to our St Albans office, so that more than 500 meals can be prepared for people in need this Christmas.
The food bank has been met with such a generous response from business colleagues, friends and neighbours that the chance to donate was extended by one week until Tuesday, December 20, to ensure the best possible results for the local homelessness charities.
The donated food will be shared equally between three charities working to alleviate the hardship of homelessness within the City during Christmas 2016 and beyond.
SA Law Partner and Director of Finance and Business Support, Gill Garrett said:
“We would like to thank everyone for helping to donate to the food bank including our staff, friends and contacts who attended our gathering in the garden for a festive mulled wine and mince pie.
The St Albans Chamber of Commerce breakfast that took place on 8th December at Verulam Golf Club added a further two boxes of food and our kind neighbours have also donated generously.
We are delighted to be able to support the vital work of the three charities who make such a big difference to the lives of all the people they are able to help in our city.”
Kathryn Salmon from from food bank beneficiary Herts Young Homeless is delighted by the response. She said:
“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated items of food to SA Law. Their donations will really benefit our young people who may find themselves in desperate need of food, and who would otherwise go hungry. It always amazes us how kind people can be to help those less fortunate than themselves.”
The food donations will be split between:
Centre 33 is a charity which SA Law has previously mentored as part of the Dragon’s Apprentice scheme. The charity is run by volunteers and offers a drop-in centre where homeless people can take shelter, socialise and receive a free meal.
Herts Young Homeless, which is the chosen charity of the Mayor of St Albans, Councillor Frances Leonard; offers a temporary emergency accommodation service, known as “Crashpad”, for young people aged 16 and 24 as well as mediation services.
The Salvation Army offers “Lifehouse” emergency accommodation and warm meals for the homeless, elderly and isolated.
SA Law would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made a donation and would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.