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 Black Country Foodbank 


When we all went into isolation in March 2020, none of us had any idea how long this pandemic would last or how long it would be before things got back to “normal”. Well 15 months on we have an inkling! It doesn’t look as if “normal will return any time soon - even though we're all looking to June 21st for an end to restrictions.

We've been supporting the foodbank for quite a long time now but had to suspend our collections when we closed the church last year. But the problem of  food poverty is escalating week on week. and we need to support the foodbank more than ever So, the HOPE team had a little think and this  is what  we came up with: we invite individuals to

  •             Set up a collection for YOUR neighbourhood.
  •               Take food to known collecting points
  •          Make cash donations directly to the Foodbank

Let’s look at “how”.

  1.          To collect at home you first need to have a space which is undercover, ideally  a porch.                                                      Then you can supply a cardboard box which, when full, can be collected and delivered.
    In that way we can minimise handling. After that you need to contact your neighbours.
    Some folk have neighbourhood whatsapp groups and that’s the easy way (apparently!)
    Or you can distribute leaflets  -  I have a printable leaflet. If you need it, I can print them for you.
    Email me (Eileen Adams) or use the contact us page.
    You may be able to identify someone who’s not having to isolate who would offer to deliver for you. 
    If that doesn’t work out, I can ask our “helping hands” group.

       In that way we can minimise handling. After that you need to contact your neighbours.
       Some folk have neighbourhood whatsapp groups and that’s the easy way (apparently!)
       Or you can distribute leaflets  -  I have a printable leaflet. If you need it, I can print them for you.
       Email me or use the contact us page.
       You may be able to identify someone who’s not having to isolate who would offer to deliver for you. 
      If that doesn’t work out, I can ask our “helping hands” group.

                   2.      Take to collecting points

 

             

·         Halesowen (Lifecentral) is open 
Monday - Fridays 10.00 -1.00.                                                                         

·         I’m told there is also a collection point at Thornhill Road shops and another at Sainsbury's Withymoor.

·         Black Country Foodbank  Albion Street Brierley HillDY5 3EE

Phone for opening times: Tel: 01384 671250

already we have established FOUR collecting points (again use contact us for details) and TWO local shops have also agreed to support us. so, we're gaining momentum! 

 

3.                         Cash donations:     www.justgiving.org.uk/blackcountryfoodbank

 

                 If there is any way you think you may be able to get involved please do let me know.

                 Every blessing, Eileen and the HOPE team


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The response to the Advent collection for the Black Country Foodbank was amazing but what now?

Latest restrictions ask us not to make unnecessary journeys so it's been arranged for  the foodbank to come to US to collect our donations. If you want to contribute and would like information about how to get your donations please use the "Contact us" page , giving your address and we can point you to the nearest collection point. 


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coming soon......

 A REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR
advent

Instead of taking something "OUT" of your Calendar each day, you are invited to
put something IN to a bag or box and donate it to the Foodbank!

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NEWS UPDATE 21.11.20

We have been busy!


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NOVEMBER

Collection for Black Country "Wheels" 

at this time of year we would be making purchases to bless individual students at the school but, like everything else, there was nothing "normal" about this year.
So... 
we collected cash and bought gifts centrally. donations amounted to an amazing 

£685.00!!!!!!

and this is what we were able to send to the school this week


gift bag

each student will receive a bag full of goodies - socks, hats, gloves, school stationery,
a  small toy, shower gel, deodorant and shampoo, soap, a cracker and a chocolate bar and a Christmas card. Hasbury Co-op has also promi
sed mince-pies for their party so we've sent a tin of chocs, a DVD and some serviettes to help that along too!

Oh and a silly hat! - just for fun

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED

READY TO GO

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ARMISTICE DAY 11.11.20

WHEELS

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

individuals added their crosses to remember their loved ones

HASBURY CROSS

We invited folk to add their poppies to our cross as a mark of our thankfulness 


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OCTOBER

"Virtual Harvest" for the

Black country Foodbank

Just a very small selection of what was donated.

MANY, MANY thanks 

harvest


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Prayer 2020

Join with us praying for 20 minutes at 20:20 (8.20pm) on the 20th of each month throughout 2020 – asking God to open hearts to respond to Jesus’ love. 

We believe the year 2020 will be an unprecedented year of harvest from the gospel seeds sown over the past decade and more. We are not the only ministry to be sensing this. Denominations and ministries across the UK are preparing for 2020 and opportunities to invite people to respond to Jesus’ offer of life in all its fullness  

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      We have been working with the HOPE initiative since its' inception in 2008.                                                                                      Its' purpose is to share the love of Jesus with our neighbourhood.                                                                            

     We regularly distribute magazines to our neighbours  (another one coming SOON!)  and have arranged                                    a number of  celebrations to commemorate events of national importance: 

  • a Carol service at  Halesowen Town Football club to commemorate the Christmas armistice during the first world war:  
  • pop-up sing- alongs in the precinct: 
  • memorial displays in the library: 
  • Remembrance Sunday "cross" garden to honour the fallen of our town: 
  • parties to commemorate the Queen's special anniversaries and Royal Weddings: 
  • random acts of kindness: 
  • support for under-privileged children in our neighbourhood: 
  • providing colourful quilts for Mary Stevens Hospice ,prem baby hats for the Childrens Hospital , &  twiddlemuffs for people with dementia
  •  - and anything else we can think of!

NEXT MEETING to be announced post coronavirus! but KEEP PRAYING!