Christmas Giving 2018

We’re always looking for ways to give back to our local community – this year we’re donating food to Bournemouth Foodbank.

Although many of us don’t like to start thinking about Christmas until December, it’s been on our minds for a little while. As the old cliche goes, Christmas is the time for giving. As a business, we’re working together to help our community this festive season, even if it’s only in a small way.

 

Last year, DJS (UK) Limited collected over 400 selection boxes, which were distributed around local hospitals and hospices in the Hampshire area.

We’re staying even closer to home this year – we are providing items for Bournemouth Foodbank to distribute to ‘local people in crisis’. This is a fantastic organisation, celebrating its tenth year of opening in 2018. One in five people within the UK live below the poverty line, and we’re proud to be contributing to such a worthy cause.

 

“When we were desperate, the foodbank was there for our family. It was our only lifeline.”

 

Members of our staff have been pledging food items since October, so that we can provide as much support as we can to people in need this Christmas.

 

If you’re looking to give something back over the festive period, as an individual or as a business, you can find your local foodbank through The Trussell Trust. There are plenty of ways to contribute too, whether it be donating food, money, or your time. Businesses, churches, and other groups can often partner with foodbanks too. You could volunteer as a team building activity, organise a fundraising event, donate equipment, or simply share your expertise.

 

 

“Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to our ability to give everyone referred to us a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food.”

 

Another great way to donate to a foodbank is through a ‘Reverse Advent’. Although not every foodbank will have this event, the concept is great regardless. You can create or download a calendar, and give  food item or small cash donation each day in December. It’s important to remember that generally, foodbanks don’t ask for Christmas food items over the festive period. This is because hunger is a problem regardless of the date, and your food parcel may be received a little after Christmas.

 

No matter how you choose to give, your support could be invaluable. So perhaps this year, you could consider feeding a family as well as your own – and you don’t need to do any additional cooking!