Hot food, toiletries and festive goodies were just some of the delights given to those in need of a little extra help over Christmas by some of Melton’s businesses.
Volunteers at Storehouse at the Fox - which operates out of the old pub in Leicester Street - served up a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings for 30 people on Friday with help from several local companies.
One of the stores which helped on the day was Tesco in Thorpe Road whose staff donated food for the lunch and helped dish it up.
Pupils from Grove Primary School sang carols, with Melton Vineyard’s Neal Swettenham accompanying them on the accordion.
Francesca Sirel, co-ordinator at Storehouse, said: “We’ve once again had an amazing response from some of Melton’s businesses. The items that have been given are always needed and we can’t thank them enough.
“We’ve been able to give out bags to people with food, toiletry items, small Christmas gifts and decorations inside.
“It’s particularly important to support people who need extra help over Christmas so that they are safe, warm and not left out.”
Established by Melton Vineyard Church in 2008, Storehouse initially just provided emergency food bags to agencies which would then give them to the people who needed them.
Since then the project, supported by Churches Together in Melton as well as other churches, schools, businesses, volunteers and supporters, has rapidly expanded and now provides many more services, largely on a referral basis, to cater for a growing need.
Calum Telford, Tesco Melton store manager, said: “It was great to be able to support the local community at an event like this one which is both eye-opening and very humbling.
“All the staff and volunteers at Storehouse do a fantastic job helping people less fortunate than ourselves and I think it’s very special there’s a charity like this helping people in our town get back on their feet over the festive period.”
Support for Storehouse has been coming in all sorts of forms.
Melton’s Barclays Bank branch donated a trolley of food, Melton Rotary Club supplied mince pies and Mars provided gift bags full of toiletries. Others who have supported include Sainsbury’s, Bentons and Morrisons.
The Melton Times launched a Christmas appeal in 2014 for Storehouse, helping to raise its profile and highlighting the range of services it provides for those in immediate need.
To donate to Storehouse visit www.storehousemelton.org.uk, call Francesca on 07914 976298 or drop in at the Fox Inn on Leicester Street.