LLK Give the Gift of Goodwill
LLK are breaking tradition this Christmas- instead of sending our lovely customers chocolatey treats to show gratitude for their continued support throughout the year, we are making donations on their behalf to the worthy local cause, Oldham Unity’s Destitution Food Project.
We have been snowed under gathering a stockpile of vital supplies such as fruit juice, rice and clothing which will be donated to the Destitution Food Project. Our lovely dealers will soon receive a Christmas card which explains that their gift is the joy of knowing that thanks to them, someone less fortunate will not be going hungry this winter.
Earlier this year, we became affiliated with the local organisation Action Oldham which helps to support lesser-known charities in the area, such as Oldham Unity’s Destitution Food Project, secure grants and donations from local businesses so they can continue their amazing work.
The Destitution Food Project is a voluntary organisation in partnership with Oldham Baptist Church and the Red Cross which has been providing asylum seekers in crisis with vital provisions such as food, clothes and toiletries for over fifteen years. They also offer a safe, welcoming space to attend at least once a week and advice and support on a range of issues faced by those fleeing their country of origin. This organisation is small in scale and its resources are limited, therefore it is entirely dependent on the generous donations of contributors such as LLK to continue its important work in the community.
Clare Taylor, the Action Oldham Fund Development Co- from Action Together, stated “This cause is really close to my heart, from working and volunteering with Refugees and Asylum seekers before I joined our charity. Asylum seekers are often overlooked, as outsiders, and are without any family support or social standing. Most asylum seekers are living in poverty and experience poor health and hunger. Many families are not able to pay for the basics such as clothing, powdered milk and nappies. I reached out to our bronze partners, Linda Lewis Kitchens asking for their help to support this amazing cause and their response has been amazing.”
Steve Roman, a representative for Oldham Unity, commented “We are very grateful to Linda Lewis and her generous staff. The donation of staple food items will help service users who depend on us for their weekly food. They are destitute because they are not eligible for any assistance from the government.”
Grace Carr, LLK’s Marketing Executive states “Giving back to local charities is something that is extremely important to us at LLK and giving back at Christmas time is extremely important.”
If anyone in the Oldham area would like to support our food bank appeal, we will be accepting the following items for the charity until Thursday 13th December. If you would like to donate after this time please contact, Steve Roman at Oldham Unity at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop off.
Unity Oldham Shopping List:
- Cooking oil
- Dried fruit
- Dried pasta
- Fruit juice (Tetra packs)
- Instant coffee
- Long-life milk
- Long-grain rice
- Packets of biscuits
- Tinned fruit
- Tinned sardines in oil
- Tinned tuna in oil
- Tubes of tomato paste
- White sugar
This blog was written by Catherine Pollitt as part of her work experience at LLK!