Hamper Appeal is launched

Portadown Cares launch their Christmas Hamper Appeal for 2015 at their premises in High Street Mall on Saturday.
Portadown Cares launch their Christmas Hamper Appeal for 2015 at their premises in High Street Mall on Saturday.

Portadown Cares launched their annual Christmas Hamper appeal at the weekend.

The Portadown Cares committee members and volunteers were joined by The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon borough, as well as local councillors Mark Baxter, Carla Lockhart, David Jones and Assembly Member Jo-Anne Dobson.

Last year the charity delivered 123 hampers to families in need and along with the help of supporters and Cool FM’s Cash For Kids, were able to provide toys to 40 families that otherwise would have little for their kids to open on Christmas Day.

The hampers provided are not filled with luxury items, but with daily essentials such as bread, butter, jam, cheese, sugar, tea bags, coffee, etc as well as the ingredients necessary to put a meal on the table .

Last year the charity were supported greatly with both financial and product donations from the local business community and supporters and they are hoping that this trend will be repeated.

Nomination forms for the hampers are available from the Portadown Cares shop in High Street Mall and the charities committee urge you to complete one if you know of a family or individual in genuine need this Christmas.

All applications are treated with the strictest of confidence and the recipient of the hamper will not be told who put their name forward. Hamper will be delivered on December 16, 17 and 18.

Closing date for nominations is December 12 at 5pm.