‘Operation Christmas Dinner’ is a huge success for Access Point
In December, Access Point decided to spread their considerable Christmas cheer out in to the community with their team challenge ‘Operation Christmas Dinner’.
The entire company got involved to arrange a huge food donation to the seven Southport Trussell Trust Foodbanks; specifically including Christmas dinner parcels, in order to give those less fortunate in the community the Christmas dinner we all deserve.
Splitting into five groups, each team was tasked with raising their own donations centred around the foodbank's guidance of Christmas dinner items, store cupboard favourites, baby essentials and basic toiletries. This could be from their own pockets and cupboards, or by negotiating support from friends, family and other local businesses.
Once each team had a donation value of £100 then Access Point provided an additional £100 cash per team to spend.
The response was phenomenal; starting with 52 advent calendars delivered before the challenge had properly begun. We could never have predicted the generosity of those involved and the sheer volume of donated items that came in to the office on a daily basis. Every spare bit of space was filled with donations, everything from tins of soup to selection boxes and mountains of nappies!
To help raise funds and further donations the teams arranged raffles, went carol singing and braved the cold with a promotional event in Southport town centre, the latter raising an amazing £765 in cash and a trolley full of food.
The response was so great the foodbank were unable to store it all. Our first instalment included 25 Christmas dinner bags complete with fresh vegetables donated by a local farm, seasonal goodies and baby food. It took several cars to transport it all and weighed nearly half a metric ton.
The rest of the donations will be weighed and dispatched early in the New Year and the cash raised will go towards the building costs of creating additional storage.
John Sullivan, the manager of Southport Foodbank said “We would like to thank Access Point for making us their charity of choice this Christmas. The massive amount of £765.16 raised in cash could not have come at a better time as we need to fund alterations to the Lakeside Christian Centre building to enable to accommodate the increases in food donated by the very generous people who live in our Borough.
Not only did Access Point raise money for us but we also were able to distribute nearly half a ton of Christmas goodies they donated to us in December and there is still more yet to come! A magnificent effort all round.”
Access Point Operations Director Jeanette Morgan added “I was overwhelmed by the extent to which our colleagues embraced Operation Christmas Dinner, showing true Christmas and team spirit. They should be extremely proud of their efforts and the difference they have made to local families.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us in our endeavour. We look forward to continuing our support in 2015, starting with our Easter Egg collection…watch this space!”