Christmas present donations wanted by Leeds charity at pop-up food bank in Armley

A Leeds charity is calling for donations of Christmas presents to give to vulnerable families across the city at a pop-up food bank in Armley.
Vulnerable Citizen Support charity delivering sweets on Halloween (photo: Vulnerable Citizen Support)Vulnerable Citizen Support charity delivering sweets on Halloween (photo: Vulnerable Citizen Support)
Vulnerable Citizen Support charity delivering sweets on Halloween (photo: Vulnerable Citizen Support)

Vulnerable Citizen Support is launching a food bank and donation day at Mike Tobins gym in Armley on November 13.

The charity is asking for any donations of food, good quality used toys or time for anyone willing to volunteer for the charity.

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This is in addition to an appeal for brand new toys or gifts to wrap up and deliver as Christmas presents to vulnerable families around Leeds.

Presents for the appeal can be dropped off at Mike Tobins Gym on November 13.

It is hoped that the food bank will help those in need who are struggling to access help or reach its welfare centre on Canal Road in Armley.

Charity director, Haydn Jessop, said: “Many of our families are going to struggle to provide presents for their kids this year – as the current situation rolls on, many are already struggling to provide essentials.

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“We have collected and wrapped up 40 gifts to go to children who might not be getting a present this Christmas but we would love to be able to distribute more.

“Not just toys for young children either – we would really welcome suitable gifts for older kids and teenagers.”

This pop up will take place at the gym on Fridays at 1pm to 4pm.

The other two food banks which have been launched are at the Butterbowl pub in Farnley and at the Hanover Arms in Wortley, both on Thursdays at 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm.

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Haydn added: “Unfortunately as we have entered our second lockdown we have seen unprecedented demand for our services and we hope these pop-up food banks will make it easier for people to access help quickly, within their communities without having to travel too far.”

Since its launch in February, Vulnerable Citizen Support has provided over 50,000 meals to more than 500 struggling families, housed 15 homeless families, made more than 500 baby bank referrals and delivered anti-knife crime workshops to over 2,000 students.

To find out more, access help or donate to the Christmas gift appeal please visit https://www.facebook.com/Homelesssupportnetwork

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