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Food Packages for the Women's Refuge

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Through the generosity of church members and others we are able to provide large shopping bags of food for the women's refuge in Basildon, particularly for new arrivals (about 4 or 5 a month). We simply ask that, when doing shopping, a few extra items with a long "use-by-date" are purchased and donated for the Refuge.

Many of those coming to the Refuge have fled their homes with nothing, and a generous supply of food items is a wonderful way of meeting their immediate needs as well as showing them that people care. Staff at the Refuge tell us how grateful the women are who receive the bags of food. Some of them cannot believe that the whole package is for them, while others are reduced to tears as they receive this practical gift.

We have been delivering 4, sometimes 5, large shopping bags of food every month since the end of 2014. A big "thank you" to all who keep bringing food items. In addition to this we supply separately, for general use, washing-up liquid, laundry detergents (liquid form only), babies' nappies, baby-wipes, toilet rolls, tissues and such other household items as they are donated by church members and others.

There is information and the Refuge's Annual report on a noticeboard at the back of the church together with a number of cards from them and the children who are there, expressing thanks and appreciation.

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