Harton and Westoe Juniors Football Club donate 40 shopping bags of food to Hope and Hospitality Food Bank

This year Harton and Westoe Juniors Football Club asked their Mini Miners to give up their selection box and replaced it with a donation for Hospitality and Hope food bank, in South Shields.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 1:11 pm
Updated Friday, 27th December 2019, 10:03 am
Harton and Westoe Juniors Football Club donate 40 shopping bags of food to Hope and Hospitality Food Bank

In a week the children of Harton and Westoe Juniors Football Club collected 40 shopping bags of food donations, and on Monday, December 23, seven players from the Mini Miners went and hand delivered the them to the food bank.

A spokesperson for Harton and Westoe Juniors Football Club said: “We asked the children this year to give rather than receive.

“Someone from Hope and Hospitality came in to speak to the kids, and educate them about the food bank.

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Harton and Westoe Juniors Football Club gathered 40 shopping bags of food donations in under a week for Hope and Hospitality Food Bank.

“It’s good for the kids to understand that other people struggle to put food on the table and that not everybody will get what they want for Christmas.

“The sacrifice here is a selection box, that’s a quid which isn’t very much.

“They will eat the chocolate and then forget about it. But the memory of donating to the food bank and seeing all the food collected – that’s massive.

“The club is looking into donating to the food bank every three months.”

The football club is now looking to set up another donation in a few weeks time and is also looking into a way they can make regular donations every few months.

Hope and Hospitality help a great deal of families in need, last year they sent out more than 3300 bags of food, with an estimated value of £24,000.