400 Hampers Donated In Time For Christmas

The Killie Community partnered with a team of organisations to provide 400 ‘Festive Friends’ hampers to support the local community as part of this year’s Mission Christmas campaign.

In East Ayrshire, over one in four children are currently living in relative or absolute poverty, which amounts to approximately 7,000 children. East Ayrshire has the fourth highest rate of child poverty out of all thirty-two Scottish local authorities.

This Christmas, Killie Community and Kilmarnock FC staff, partner organisations and a squad of volunteers all worked together to combat the cost of living crisis for hundreds of local households,  by preparing and delivering 400 hampers to those who need them most in time for Christmas Day.

Kilmarnock FC Men’s First Team Players Jack Sanders and Andrew Dallas were among those who took the time out to help pack hampers full of essential food and toiletry items, for families and individuals who are identified as those living in extreme poverty.

In addition, 81 presents were gifted to individuals from Killie Community’s Trustees to those who would otherwise not receive anything under their Christmas tree this year.

In the midst of a cost of living crisis, and in association with The SPFL Trust, Kilmarnock’s Mission Christmas, or ‘Festive Friends’ initiative helps to alleviate the challenges faced by those suffering from food poverty, through the donations of essential items to keep them stocked up during the festive period.

Jordan Allison, Head of Charity at The Killie Community said:

“This is the largest number of Christmas hampers and gifts we’ve put together, and this sadly reflects the scale of the cost of living crisis in our local community. A huge thanks to each and every one of the supporters, individuals and organisations who selflessly donated to this initiative.”

  • Home Bargains
  • Brakes
  • SPAR
  • Pendragon, Evans Halshaw
  • Rotary Club
  • Active Office
  • Centurion Signs
  • James Frew
  • Varani’s Forum Ices
  • Oral Health Improvement
  • Brownings The Bakers
  • The Killie Trust
  • Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters Association
  • Hamilton Tarmac
  • Billy Bowie Special Projects Ltd
  • Portland Janitorial Products
  • Quarriers
  • and many more selfless individuals

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