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Forget Secret Santa – give to First Love Foundation food bank instead

By on December 4, 2017 in News

Christmas is coming and our favourite charity the First Love Foundation are in need of food for their amazing Tower Hamlets food bank!

Tower Hamlets is 99% more deprived than all the others boroughs in the entire UK. 44% of Tower Hamlets children live in poverty.

First Love Foundation do more than provide food for the hungry, with their partners they also provide a wide range of support for people.

Below is a list of food items First Love Foundation need. You can also donate money to First Love Foundation to help people facing crisis.

First Love Foundation food items required

  • Tinned Vegetables (carrots, potatoes, mushrooms)
  • Peanut butter
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Sweet Biscuits
  • Savoury Biscuits (e.g. crackers, biscuits for cheese)
  • Honey
  • Mashed Potato
  • Male & Female Deodorant
  • Hair conditioner
  • Washing Powder (small/medium size boxes)
  • Washing Up liquid

An alternative to Secret Santa

Instead of a ‘Secret Santa’ thing in your office why not do a workplace collection for First Love? Could be a much more pleasurable (and fun) thing to do with your colleagues and definitely more useful.

Once you have got your food together you can get in touch with them to organise getting it to the right place and the right people.

You need to get this done well in advance of Christmas please!

Or how about matching the amount of money you spend on your ‘office do’ with a donation to First Love?

At the office Christmas party Frank was impressed by Cynthia’s idea of donating to the First Love Foundation instead of Secret Santa. As a practising Pagan this resolved many ethical conflicts for him.

First Love Foundation have been working hard since 2010 and are a very small team with many volunteers who help them every week. They have been overwhelmed by the amount of volunteer applications received, so there are currently NO opportunities available.

Frustrated volunteers can just donate money to First Love Foundation. This means the hungry get the nice warm feeling of food in their stomachs, you get the nice warm feeling of helping others.

Simples!

First Love Foundation did not ask LW to make this appeal, we make it because they are good people doing good work and your help is essential.





 

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