Jesus Cares delighted at Christmas hamper success

South Wales Argus: King's Church packing and wrapping presents for Jesus Cares. (left to right) Gareth Hillier, Phil Mann and Catherine Moore wrapping presents for Jesus Cares. (2869727) King's Church packing and wrapping presents for Jesus Cares. (left to right) Gareth Hillier, Phil Mann and Catherine Moore wrapping presents for Jesus Cares. (2869727)

JESUS Cares volunteers gave out more than 3,500 food hampers to people this Christmas.

The King’s Church organisation, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, started in 2009 as a result of community organisations contacting the Kings Church to ask for food for families they were working with, who had no money to feed their children.

The Argus has got on board with the project again this year to try and raise the profile of the work already carried out by the church, based at Lower Dock Street, Newport, and encourage as many readers and local businesses as possible to pitch in.

Now Jesus Cares has announced that it has managed to give out 3,750 hampers by December 22, meaning that the organisation has increased its usual monthly handout of 1,500 hampers by 2,250 hampers.

Jesus Cares co-ordinator Faye Edwards is delighted with this year’s success.

“We have delivered 3,750 food hampers, which is an extra 2,250 on top of our monthly total, and we have also given out 1,100 presents this Christmas,” she said.

“We originally aimed to donate 500 present so the fact that we have given out 1,100 is fantastic and we still have a few left to give out.

“We have been able to do as well as last year with the amount of Christmas food hampers that we have given out.

“We are really pleased because 3,750 hampers is more than double the amount that we do in the average month.

“We are really delighted.

“We have no target for next year yet but we will continue to give out a minimum of 1,500 hampers throughout the year and from May we want to give out 2,000 hampers a month-so we are still on target for an increase by the middle for next year."

The charity set a target of giving out 500 presents but managed to more than double that figure thanks to what Mrs Edwards called "fantastic donations, in particular the donations from volunteers that we have had come in as part of the campaign by the Argus - which have been fantastic.

“A number of people have volunteered their time to help us this year and they have been incredible.

"We have have done really well in what we were able to give-we haven't beat last years total, but this year we have seen far more support in terms of volunteers who have come from members of the community who have got involved."

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12:49pm Fri 27 Dec 13

exrisca says...

Brilliant, well done.
Brilliant, well done. exrisca

12:56pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jimmysmith says...

id like David Davies to comment on this .After all his tory party has increased the amount of aid abroad to combat hardship and starvation .yet cut the meagre benefits and pensions in this country whilst at the same time criminalising claimants .what have you got to say david about the sterling work being done by these wonderful people to alleviate peoples suffering at this time of year .In your constituency i may had .What would you advise .Move to london maybe? you and your government should hang your heads in shame
id like David Davies to comment on this .After all his tory party has increased the amount of aid abroad to combat hardship and starvation .yet cut the meagre benefits and pensions in this country whilst at the same time criminalising claimants .what have you got to say david about the sterling work being done by these wonderful people to alleviate peoples suffering at this time of year .In your constituency i may had .What would you advise .Move to london maybe? you and your government should hang your heads in shame jimmysmith

1:33pm Fri 27 Dec 13

welshmen says...

I'll be delighted when the hampers are down to none a month, but i don't see that happening with this "give away to anyone as long as it's not your own people" Government, a big WELL DONE TO JESUS CARES....
I'll be delighted when the hampers are down to none a month, but i don't see that happening with this "give away to anyone as long as it's not your own people" Government, a big WELL DONE TO JESUS CARES.... welshmen

2:45pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jimmysmith says...

welshmen wrote:
I'll be delighted when the hampers are down to none a month, but i don't see that happening with this "give away to anyone as long as it's not your own people" Government, a big WELL DONE TO JESUS CARES....
here here well said welshmen
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: I'll be delighted when the hampers are down to none a month, but i don't see that happening with this "give away to anyone as long as it's not your own people" Government, a big WELL DONE TO JESUS CARES....[/p][/quote]here here well said welshmen jimmysmith

3:07pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

David Cameron haughtily boasts that Britain is a 'Christian Country', yet the only Christians they are interested to ingratiate themselves to are the intolerant sort who don't believe in equal marriage, want to liquidate transgender and gender non-conformist people and believe that anyone who disagrees with them will burn in hell for the rest of eternity. The Christians in the article above are the good sort, who actually do good deeds for people out of love and a sense of true, moral duty. I'm not religious, but well done to them, that's what I say.
David Cameron haughtily boasts that Britain is a 'Christian Country', yet the only Christians they are interested to ingratiate themselves to are the intolerant sort who don't believe in equal marriage, want to liquidate transgender and gender non-conformist people and believe that anyone who disagrees with them will burn in hell for the rest of eternity. The Christians in the article above are the good sort, who actually do good deeds for people out of love and a sense of true, moral duty. I'm not religious, but well done to them, that's what I say. Katie Re-Registered

9:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Warbles says...

As usual, the gist of the conversation is re-routed.....
As usual, the gist of the conversation is re-routed..... Warbles

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