Season of good will: How you can help those in need this Christmas
‘Tis the season of good will and if you’re looking to give a little this year there are plenty of ways to help those in need around Liverpool. We’ve rounded up some of the causes and Christmas campaigns looking for donations of essential foods to extra festive treats.
Words by Natasha Young
Merseyside Youth Association
As always the MYA (Merseyside Youth Association) Food Bank is seeking donations of non-perishable food items as well as toiletries, and has also launched a Christmas collection in the run-up to the festive season.
It’ll be preparing food packages to see its young service users (under 25) through while the MYA is closed for Christmas from 20 December.
Anyone wishing to donate items can leave goods in the reception of the Hanover Street base between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday prior to the final pre-Christmas food bank on Wednesday 19 December.
The Whitechapel Centre
Liverpool’s homelessness and housing charity, The Whitechapel Centre is once again preparing to cook up Christmas Day and Boxing Day lunches and is looking for donations to help.
Non-perishable foods, bottled water and cordial as well as festive treats such as mince pies are required, however homemade meals and cakes can’t be accepted.
Decorations and gifts can also be given to support the initiative, with useful items listed at www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/donate-goods.
The last day for Christmas food donations is 21 December.
The Micah Liverpool Food Bank
The Micah Liverpool Food Bank, set up by Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and St Bride’s Church, is hoping for a December increase in food donations to cater for the rise in demand.
Non-perishable items can be dropped off at Liverpool Cathedral’s donation point, and the organisation is also looking for special festive contributions.
Donating selection boxes will help Micah Liverpool with its plan to give one to every child and every adult using the food bank in the week leading up to Christmas, whilst toy donations will enable children to also receive a gift.
The Trussel Trust
The Trussell Trust operates a number of food banks around the Liverpool City Region, including the North Liverpool Food Bank and the South Liverpool Food Bank.
For more information on your nearest centre and how to donate, visit www.trusselltrust.org.