Foster carers cancel annual Christmas dinner to help others

Archived: Posted December 14, 2015

Foster carers from across Leeds have been spreading festive cheer by donating Christmas hampers to local families in need.

More than 53 foster carers from our Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region cancelled their annual Christmas Carer Lunch and put the money towards purchasing festive treats for the local community instead.

Our Morley office was taken over by Santa’s helpers who created 22 festive hampers packed with goodies, including chocolate biscuits, tinned meats, soups and fresh products, along with an additional 22 toiletry gift bags.

Foster carers donate their Christmas lunch to put together hampers for people in need in Leeds

The majority of hampers are being donated to local schools who will pass on the festive treats to disadvantaged families they think will benefit most from a special yuletide delivery. Hampers will also be given to a number of young people who have recently left the care system and have begun living independently.

Anita Ward, fostering service manager, from FCA Yorkshire, said: “Our foster carers had an amazing time creating the hampers to help make Christmas a more enjoyable time for local families in need and their children. Our foster carers are always first to step-up to any challenge we set them to help those in the community in need and I’m very proud of their support.”

A raffle was also held during the hamper-building event, raising an additional £140. The proceeds will be split between care leavers charity, the Rees Foundation, and homeless charity St George’s Crypt in Leeds – where the money will be converted into books of vouchers which will distributed between homeless people in the area. Each £1 voucher in the book will get one person a bed for the night, a hot meal and a shower.

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