At the beginning of December, with Christmas looming, The Galloway Gazette put out an appeal for donations to local foodbanks and organisers have been overwhelmed by out readers generosity.
Marlene Cash, coordinator of the Machars Churches Basics Food Bank wrote a thanks you letter to readers saying: “Prior to Christmas we issued an appeal for food when our Food Bank stocks were depleted and we were concerned that we would not have enough food to satisfy the needs of the people who ask for our help. We were absolutely staggered and overwhelmed when, as a direct result of that appeal, we received so much food that we were able to deliver 451 bags of food to 74 adults and 56 children, who live in our area, over the festive period.
“Thank you so much to everyone who through their generosity, helped to make this possible and who without a doubt made a difference in the lives of the recipients of food this Christmas.
“We would also like to thank the Newton Stewart Round Table who donated £500, The League of Friends who donated £200,
and the Sainsburys store in Newton Stewart, especially Craig and Duncan, who donated food to the value of £300.
“The support that we receive from the church congregations, general public and various local organisations is so important in enabling us to continue to help the most vulnerable in our society and we sincerely thank you on their behalf. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.”
l Foodbank donation points are at Sainsbury, the Co-op, Penninghame Primary School, Douglas Ewart School, Penninghame St Johns Church, Monigaff Church and Challoch Church - all in and around Newton Stewart; Wigtown Library, Church of Scotland Church, Baptist Church and Wigtown Primary School - all Wigtown; Kirkinner/Sorbie Church of Scotland Churches; Port William/Mochrum- Church of Scotland Churches, Port William community shop and Port William Primary School.