Magnificent response to Eglinton churches’ food drive

People from the Eglinton and Greysteel areas came out in their socially-distanced droves, on Saturday, to show their generous side, as they donated a huge quantity of groceries and other essential items for the less fortunate in the North West.

They did so to support an appeal by the three main Christian Churches locally for contributions for food banks in Derry-Londonderry and Limavady.

Volunteers from St Canice’s Church of Ireland, Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church (Faughanvale) and Eglinton Presbyterian Church were on hand in Eglinton Community Centre to accept donations. The appeal got off to a great start – thanks to a generous donation from the village’s Credit Union – and scores of people arrived with shopping bags filled with non-perishable foodstuffs and other essential items.

The Rector of Faughanvale, Rev Canon Paul Hoey, thanked all who supported the churches’ appeal. “The people here in Eglinton and Greysteel, and in the surrounding areas, never cease to amaze me with their generosity,” Canon Hoey said. “They have dug deep yet again to demonstrate their concern for others. These are straitened times for many people, as our local foodbanks know only too well, and everything that has been donated will go to people who need it and who will appreciate it.

“On behalf of the local churches I’d like to thank the volunteers who helped gather the donations from the public; Debbie Caulfield for making the community centre available – yet again – for our food drive; and, of course, the families, individuals and business who supported our appeal.”