Angus Firefighters Collect for Christmas

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Fire Stations in Angus have come together to help their communities have a brighter Christmas.

For the past few weeks they have been working closely with their local foodbank and they have collected van loads of food, essential items and toys for children.

This community collective among the crews in Angus has involved all Wholetime and Retained Stations in the area, operating from their bases at Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose.

As well as collecting donations from within their own crews, Stations have also been spreading the word on their own Facebook pages.

This has encouraged a growing community spirit of giving, with many donations being dropped off at Stations for onward delivery to the local foodbank to ensure donations reach those who need them.

From the Carnoustie area alone – they have already ensured that every child from a family who uses the foodbank, will receive a Christmas present. Meanwhile the Station has already dropped off three van loads of food.

Group Commander for the Angus Area, Scott Gibson said: “The local crews and community safety teams have gone above and beyond to help. Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food or providing a present at Christmas can make a big difference. Foodbanks initiatives can help to alleviate worry among families. As firefighters helping others is what we do. Contributing to this effort has allowed us to keep supporting people in our local communities.”

Foodbank Manager for Angus Foodbanks, Norman Brown said: “Angus Foodbank is always blown away by the support we receive from the local community. Thank you to the Fire Service for your hard work during this difficult year, continuing to do your job during the pandemic, and in thinking of others in the community by collecting food for us as well.  264kg of food has been donated to the foodbank which is enough to provide 30 people with a 3-day food parcel. Fantastic job. Well done. This will be distributed to those in need in Angus over the coming days.

“At present we are feeding about 85 people a week and give out 2.5 tonnes of food a month. It is so sad that our services are required and we would love to be able to eradicate the need for our services and end food poverty in Angus."