Light Up a Life with GIFT

17/01/22Light Up a Life with GIFT
Over the winter break, a group of adults and children organised by Light Up A Life came to the GIFT Hub in North West London to volunteer their time for those in need of extra help in the community. 
After a short briefing & history &
vision of the charity, the group worked together as a very efficient team to pack hundreds of support packages containing different kinds of staples, in a flurry of activity and concentration. 
Monica, who came along with her husband and two children, said afterwards “We had fun. It was definitely worthwhile! it was a great way to involve kids, and very educational”.  
Isaac, aged 14, said “it was very satisfying to do something useful for other people and it was very well organised too”. 
Estie, aged 18 from Brondesbury Park, said “It’s a great opportunity to get together and give back to the community and feel grateful for what you have too.” 
 

Laura Granditer from Light Up A Life remarked
“The session really fulfilled our purpose to bring together volunteers with charities who need extra help during the xmas holidays. Working with GIFT gave our volunteers a really good insight into what food poverty means for people during these particularly challenging times - and having the hands-on experience really brings the reality home. Everyone came away feeling they’d done something worthwhile on Boxing Day, and many said they wanted to go back soon and do more.”
GIFT’s Founding Director Michelle Barnett was delighted with the collaboration, explaining 
“This time of year is often challenging with so many of our regular volunteer packers and deliverers away. Light Up A Life always manages to bring in a wonderful group of vibrant & dedicated volunteers who are so willing to help. Unlike some other charities who are forced to close down their operations at this time of year, our service users need our support more than ever and we are grateful to Light Up A Life as well as our regular volunteers & staff who give extra hours to ensure it’s business as usual!”
To volunteer your time with GIFT contact Info@jgift.org 
 

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