Staff at Darlington's EE office bowled over by national response to foodbank collection

The Advertiser Series: EE employees with some of the donated items for Darlington's foodbank EE employees with some of the donated items for Darlington's foodbank

COLLEAGUES at a North-East communications office have showered their local foodbank with gifts instead of each other.

Employees at EE’s Darlington office took a more charitable approach to their annual secret Santa by instead donating hundreds of food items for those in need.

Although the original collection started in EE’s 14-strong Total Resource team, hundreds of donations soon started to arrive from other areas of the business nationally following a company-wide email.

Members of the Darlington customer services team then spent two weeks collecting the donations.

Everything from toys and children’s clothing to bedding and home-made food were taken to the Food Store at King’s Church in Darlington which runs a community-wide project providing emergency resources for the needy.

Joanna Adams, EE business customer services representative said: “At a time when a lot of people are really struggling, we felt it was in the true spirit of Christmas to give what we could to help.

“We’re delighted how popular the collection has been.”

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10:44pm Sat 21 Dec 13

John Justice says...

It is a sad state of affairs that this country, this county, that Darlington, as a town finds that it has to provide food banks for its own. Politics aside,and that includes the immigration issues, I do donate, sadly to this type of initiative. One concern I do have is that while the families will benefit from a food parcel, is this the best way of helping those in need?. I ask the question only because of some minor knowledge I have that many needy families have little knowledge or experience of cooking or how to shop wisely given the little money they have. I mean no offence to those who find the need for these food parcels. But would it not help if other types of support were given in terms of how to be more effective in using the very limited finances they have in shopping terms and just as importantly, how to cook substantial healthley meals given the limited money they have to spend to support themselves and their families.
Positive comments only please.
It is a sad state of affairs that this country, this county, that Darlington, as a town finds that it has to provide food banks for its own. Politics aside,and that includes the immigration issues, I do donate, sadly to this type of initiative. One concern I do have is that while the families will benefit from a food parcel, is this the best way of helping those in need?. I ask the question only because of some minor knowledge I have that many needy families have little knowledge or experience of cooking or how to shop wisely given the little money they have. I mean no offence to those who find the need for these food parcels. But would it not help if other types of support were given in terms of how to be more effective in using the very limited finances they have in shopping terms and just as importantly, how to cook substantial healthley meals given the limited money they have to spend to support themselves and their families. Positive comments only please. John Justice

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