A reflection on 2019

What did Christmas mean to you?

Here are a selection of responses we had through Facebook on the meaning of Christmas this year:

Simplicity. Stripping away the things that don’t matter, and concentrating on the stuff that does. Rethinking the busyness! Perspective.

Spending time with our lovely family . Faces full of love and happiness and the birth of Jesus . Don’t let Christmas steal your advent β€οΈ

Family

It’s got to be family but the eider family- friends, colleagues, acquaintances from work, church, neighbourhood, people we pass on the street. A smile goes a long, long way to give someone a good feeling. A greeting to a stranger can break the ice and it may be the only voice they hear all day. Being kind to everyone is really, really important πŸŽ…β€πŸ‘πŸ€ΆπŸ’œ

Time to spend with family and friends πŸŽ„πŸ’•

What did Christmas mean to Freedom?

It meant we had some new volunteers – old and young. We even had a 5-year-old helping with the food bank and the cafe!

We had a fabulous Christmas campaign which saw donors from all over offering financial support and donations for our work to continue into 2020.

Reverse advent calendars, where people collected food over advent, have fully restocked our food bank stores so it’s only with those people’s help that we are able to feed people that can’t afford the basic need.

What will the new year bring?

We are always expanding as a charity, always looking for new ways to help those in need. Don’t doubt that you will see some new and creative initiatives coming from us in the coming 12 months, and keep your eyes peeled for ways you can join us.

This might be through housing support, enabling the move away from homelessness and addition, offering counselling for those who need it, food when people can’t afford it, and support when it feels like there is no where else to turn.

This year, as ever, we will be focusing on supporting, connecting, and empowering the vulnerable people we work with.

Happy New Year to you all.