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Gateshead's communities pull together for Christmas

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Organisations across Gateshead have come together to ensure up to 1,000 residents will receive a food hamper to help give some joy this festive season. 

Council staff, local businesses, community and faith groups and volunteers have been working together, along with donations from residents, to create hampers for residents who are most in need.  

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of the Council, said "It's been an incredibly challenging year for us all and COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a damaging effect on our economy meaning that the festive season will be an anxious and stressful time for many. 

"These hampers will make a huge difference and will hopefully allow our residents who are most in need to celebrate Christmas at the end of a very difficult year. 

"The generosity of all those who have contributed to these hampers has been amazing and I would like to thank everyone for making every effort to help others in Gateshead." 

Community Support during the pandemicGateshead's community hubs have provided incredible support to residents when they have needed it most during the pandemic. Around 7,600 food parcels have been given to people since March and people have requested help with shopping and prescription pickup and delivery. 

Work has been done to ensure children have been fed during the school holidays and people have been given advice about money, welfare benefits, housing and employment issues. 

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18 December 2020

Organisations across Gateshead have come together to ensure up to 1,000 residents will receive a food hamper to help give some joy this festive season. 

Council staff, local businesses, community and faith groups and volunteers have been working together, along with donations from residents, to create hampers for residents who are most in need.  

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of the Council, said "It's been an incredibly challenging year for us all and COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a damaging effect on our economy meaning that the festive season will be an anxious and stressful time for many. 

"These hampers will make a huge difference and will hopefully allow our residents who are most in need to celebrate Christmas at the end of a very difficult year. 

"The generosity of all those who have contributed to these hampers has been amazing and I would like to thank everyone for making every effort to help others in Gateshead." 

Community Support during the pandemicGateshead's community hubs have provided incredible support to residents when they have needed it most during the pandemic. Around 7,600 food parcels have been given to people since March and people have requested help with shopping and prescription pickup and delivery. 

Work has been done to ensure children have been fed during the school holidays and people have been given advice about money, welfare benefits, housing and employment issues. 

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