A FOOD bank scheme is urging residents to support its ‘12 days of Christmas’ appeal.

Hambleton FoodShare launched its appeal this week and donations will help to provide a Christmas parcel for those who are struggling.

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It is hoped that people will add one item per day from a suggest list to a bag or box for 12 days.

Chairman Michael Webster said: “We are running the appeal well before Christmas so that our volunteers have time to organise the parcels and deliver them in plenty of time for the big day.

“Christmas is a time for giving so why not help the most vulnerable members of our community

"Unfortunately, the past 20 months has not been good for a lot of people and we are seeing more people coming for parcels who say they thought they would never be in such a desperate plight, that they had t rely upon a food bank.

“We would like to provide parcels containing normal shopping basics and cleaning materials plus a few Christmas treats so that hopefully the recipients will have a bit of spare money to buy a few Christmas presents or items for their Christmas dinner.”

The 12 days of suggested Christmas items are: Female deodorants, hot dogs, instant mash, sugar, , UHT milk, washing powder, washing up liquid, shampoo, nappies size 2 – 4, jars of coffee; pot noodles, toilet rolls, Shower gel, individual porridge’s, jelly, individual sponge puddings and tinned: ham, carrots, corned beef, chicken in a white wine sauce and chicken pies.

Bags and boxes can be left at the following locations:

• Northallerton at:All Saints Church, all Co-Ops ,Crazy Kingdon, Lidl, Hambleton District Council, Sainsburys, Station Hotel, Tesco, Wilko, Willowbeck and Zetland Wine Store

• Bedale area: in Co-ops in Bedale and Leeming Bar, Spa shop at Aiskew Garage

• Springboard Business Centre in Stokesley

• The Cowtons Post Office

The foodbank is based on Garthway Arcade, Northallerton; call 07514-244158 to arrange drop-offs.

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