Crisis group delivers 300 tubs of scarce baby formula for needy lockdown families

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Some of the food prepared by Helping Hands

A COMMUNITY group has donated hundreds of tubs of baby formula to families during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Helping Hands Open Arms was set up on Facebook at the start of the year initially to help provide items to low-income families in crisis in the New Forest such as nappies and food parcels, as well as second-hand clothes and toys.

Founder member Rebecca Jennifer told the A&T that due to panic buying at the initial outbreak of Covid-19 the group was inundated with requests for baby formula, as parents struggled to find it in the shops.

As a result, volunteers have since distributed 300 tubs of the product, along with other essential items.

Referrals can come from professional agencies but members of the public can also directly request help.

The group has also received help from the landlords of the Walhampton Arms in Lymington, Gavin and Georgia Hawkins, who have been bulk-cooking meals for those in need, which are then distributed by volunteers.

Rebecca added: “We pride ourselves on helping people in crisis and that level of support now extends to the vulnerable, those in isolation and those currently suffering with the virus.

“We are providing several support services including dropping off shopping, helping to collect prescriptions and delivering food parcels.

“We rely heavily on food donations for Gavin to be able to provide the meals and we welcome any financial donations, however small. We thank you immensely for your support and our community also thanks you.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helpinghandsopenarms

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