I love cooking Christmas dinner, it’s one of my favourite parts of the holiday. So last year I had the idea to create proper Christmas hampers for ten families who might not be able to afford them. Not just pre-cooked food, but all of the ingredients they would need to cook their own Christmas dinner… turkey, gravy, sprouts, crackers and everything.
I put a post up on Facebook and within 24 hours, every single item had been pledged, right down to the cranberry sauce. The only thing missing was the turkeys! But one of the donors knew someone at Clarks Meats in Huddersfield, and they stepped forward and donated ten turkey crowns.
Another volunteer helped me put the hampers together. We made sure that they were well presented, and put a nice big bow on them and everything – they looked super.
A local food bank helped connect us to the families who were keen (I’ve since started volunteering there!). The feedback was brilliant: one lady was in tears, another chap said that his kids really enjoyed it.
It touched a nerve with quite a lot of people. Giving is a two-way thing, isn’t it? When you do good, you feel good. And people caring about others where they live encourages other people to get involved too.
Thank you to Bev for sharing this story after participating in one of our “How can more people come together to make local places better?” online workshops for Kirklees citizens.