“My daughter was being bullied at school because of her coat. It was clean and that's the best I could do. It hurt knowing I couldn't get her a new one.”
This week, we’re trying to help families like this one by stocking a Manchester food bank with clothes for the children they support. Emmeline’s Pantry helps hundreds of families who are living in poverty, and the needs of these families are only increasing. During the pandemic, the food bank saw a 75% increase in the number of people needing help.
Emmeline’s Pantry has been giving the families extra help by supplying clothes for children aged 0-13 but they are running very low on stock. They don’t have a big storage area, so can’t accept large quantities of second-hand clothing, but there are certain items they are desperate for. We'd like to give them those specific items and have set up a wishlist with what the children need.
Being able to provide good quality clothing for the children will make such a big difference – this is what one woman said after receiving a coat for her daughter earlier this year...
“My daughter was being bullied at school because of her coat. It was clean and that's the best I could do. It hurt knowing I couldn't get her a new one and she was being picked on. I came to Emmeline’s Pantry and there were new coats on the rails. I stood in tears not able to control them. She got home from school that day and the squeals were immense. "MAMMA, you're the best! Thank you so much.”