Members of Tynemouth District Scouts have been collecting donations to pass on to The Bay Foodbank in time for Christmas.
Sean Mulligan, District Youth Commissioner said â€śI decided to organise the collection as it is such a worthwhile cause which is right on our doorstepâ€ť he went on â€śThe Bay Foodbank provides emergency food to individuals or families who are experiencing a financial crisis. Everyone knows Christmas puts an extra financial strain on families so it seemed a good time to try and helpâ€ť.
The Scouts managed to collect in over 400 donations from their members and their families over the past month which have been passed on to staff at the foodbank.
Sean Mulligan said â€śWe have finished our collection for now however The Bay Foodbank collects all year round. Their website has a list of items they are trying to collect along with places they can be dropped off. There is also a link to a BT MyDonate page where money can be donated to them rather than items of foodâ€ť.
Many shops, supermarkets and churches collect donations including the One Stop Shop in Kirton Park Terrace, Barista Cafe in the Beacon Center, Morrisons at the Collingwood Center all in North Shields and Whitley Bay Baptist Church on Park Avenue in Whitley Bay, but there are many other places as well.