Helping Vulnerable Families This Christmas

One Ipswich charity will be distributing 150 luxury Christmas food hampers to local families in need this Christmas. The community group called Love Ipswich, established by Proclaimers Church Ipswich, have been receiving donations of items like boxes of mince pies, packets of stuffing and jars of cranberry sauce from members of the public and local businesses.

Project co-ordinator Fran Marcus said,

“We will be delivering the hampers to agencies working with families with very complex needs. Christmas should be a great time, but it can also be a stress and a burden. Hopefully we are lifting that stress and worry and preventing difficult financial situations.”

The charity works with agencies to identify the people most in need at Christmas, including refugees, families being helped by social services and people living in hostels. Last year 68 hampers were delivered. One family couldn’t thank us enough. Sadly they have a child suffering from a long-term chronic illness who is based in a local hospice.

They had been worried about what they would have to eat on Christmas Day and had no time or resources to provide the Christmas they had dreamed of for the rest of their children. They shared some of the treats around the hospice and said that they had the best Christmas ever.

The charity will be receiving a special offering towards its Christmas Hamper appeal at the church’s annual Christmas special on Sunday 17th December. Church lead Pastor Tom Rawls commented,

“Our Christmas special is full of live music and performance to get people into the Christmas spirit, plus a Christmas party for the children.”

He added,

“But in the midst of all the celebration we want people to remember the heart of Christmas is all about giving which is why our Christmas Hamper appeal will be a key focus of the event.”

For further details contact Fran Marcus, by emailing: [email protected]

For more information, visit: www.proclaimers.com/church-ipswich

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