As a crew we have been looking into why food banks are important, what they do, how they support people and families and most importantly how we can help. Here some of my crew have discussed why the simple gifts campaign helping to donate some small non essential gifts is important at this time of year.
“It helps other people and if there are lots of presents it can make them happy and more joyful about this festive holiday. There are lots of people without a gift at Christmas so we can help them. Even if it’s just a little present it can help other people. It makes them feel appreciated and respected” Noah.
“it’s a nice gift just to help someone cope” Jaxon
“It helps people because they can have a gift from a food bank, it doesn’t matter to us when we get chocolate but it might matter to them because they might not have had chocolate in a long time. It would be nice to give someone a gift and it would make them feel better about themselves for Christmas.” Brooke
“its important because some people might not have the money to buy presents and buy food and heating and they can’t give anyone else any presents.” Sienna
“Because it helps people have things for family at Christmas because many people under poverty can’t afford presents, toys and treats for others, which can make the family feel let down. It also helps because it shows that people actually care” Elanore
“It is important because some people don’t have the money to eat or even have heat. This is especially important at Christmas because it gets colder and people might want to get presents for their kids or other family. And if youdonate people might get the essential things they need” Isabelle
“It’s important since this Christmas people could have covid over Christmas. They can be really ill and spend Christmas alone in a ward or something with no presents. It’s also important to give people joy over Christmas, rich or poor. It’s nice giving people presents on such a special time of year. Also with covid-19 you can feel lonely and isolated, which presents it lifts their joy!” Alfie
“it’s a kind thing to do for someone and people can get the essentials they need as well as something nice.” Faith
“it makes people feel special and makes them feel loved and that people care about them. Another reason i Think is important is so they can get the basic needs you need to live” Ruben
“It helps because they can have a special Xmas” Collin
Hopefully by gifting chocolates and socks we will be able to bring some of this joy, love and happiness a lot of us take for granted over Christmas, sharing it with others less fortunate.