Christmas projects include gifts for more than 160 children thanks to Toys for Joy

Nearly 190 local families and single people referred by the Food Hub’s ticket partners will be receiving an Aldi supermarket gift card to buy food for a Christmas meal through the Come Dine with Jesus scheme run with the Churches of Purley and Kenley.

Arrangements for delivering the cards are now being finalised to give the recipients plenty of time to shop in Aldi in Selsdon, Coulsdon or Purley Way, Croydon.

In addition more than 160 children have been nominated to receive a toy through our Toys for Joy project. The families collected the toys on Saturday afternoon 2nd December from Purley Baptist Church, with tea and cake available and craft activities for the children.

QR code Christmas 2023Thank you to everyone who has contributed to these Christmas projects. The value of each Aldi voucher for a family is £75, and £50 for a single person; the cost of a toy and chocolate for each child is about £15. If you still wish to contribute, you can donate by following this link or using the QR code above.

If you prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to Purley Food Hub and write ‘Christmas Projects’ on the reverse, and send it to Joanna Walker, Treasurer, Purley Food Hub, c/o Purley Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Purley CR8 3EA.

Meanwhile Purley Food Stop at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church is looking to provide 125 families with a food hamper this Christmas.

aldi gift card

With accessories and extra food needed for an expected 30 per cent increase in people visiting the Food Stop’s Friday sessions over the Christmas period, their target is £8,000-10,000.

The Food Hub’s Trustees have contributed £2,750 by sharing equally with the Food Stop two money donations received recently: £3,000 from an individual supporter followed by £2,500 from South London Harriers (SLH).

photo of elmore chipstead run july 2023

The SLH donation came from their annual seven-mile road race in July, the Elmore 7 (above), which started and finished at Elmore, a country property in Chipstead, in conjunction with the Chipstead Flower Show.

The Food Hub was SLH’s nominated charity for this year’s race, which attracted more than 250 runners, and remains the selected charity for 2024 and 2025. We have been asked if we can provide any volunteer marshals for next year’s event on 15th July – more details in due course.