Donations wanted for Gift Tree Project

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With the help of a can of tuna, Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal last week launched a new food appeal as part of the Peterhead and Fraserburgh Gift Tree Project.

During his visit to Peterhead to officially unveil the new Buchan House council headquarters, Mr Vernal took time to spearhead the ‘Bring A Tin’ appeal.

‘Bring A Tin’ is being launched in offices, businesses and shops across the Buchan area to help stockpile non-perishable items for the hugely-important 2015 Gift Tree food hamper initiative. Last year, generous donations helped produce 284 hampers which fed 1,064 people with 4,300 meals.

A ‘Bring A Tin’ collection point will now be hosted in Buchan House during the month of July with businesses, shops, schools and churches being encouraged to adopt a similar role between now and December.

Addressing not just the invited guests but the wider community, Mr Vernal said: “By donating a can of soup, meat or vegetables you will be helping to provide a vital source of sustenance for those individuals and families most in need this Christmas.

“The earlier we can all start to build up these food hampers during the year the better we can ensure those in need getthe help they need this Christmas.”

Last year a total of 285 hampers were produced for Peterhead and Fraserburgh which met the demand of the referral numbers and fed 1,064 people with just under 4,300 meals.

Hampers are made-up with non-perishable items, toiletries and fresh fruit and veg provided through donations from individuals and foodbanks, together with very generous funding from businesses and churches.