Ballymena Baptist Church and CAP Provide Christmas Hampers

Ballymena Baptist Church and CAP provide Christmas hampers to more than 100 local families living below the poverty line.

Members of Ballymena Baptist, which runs the Ballymena CAP Debt Centre in partnership with national charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), have filled hampers with food and other essentials to deliver across the community.

Ballymena Baptist Church and CAP Provide Christmas Hampers

Valerie Roebuck, Ballymena CAP Debt Centre Manager said:

“We know there is a serious need among some of the people in our care. It’s really tough living on a low income and many of the people we are working with have a list of other difficulties too, such as ill health, joblessness and grief.”

“Christmas on a very tight budget can be a very difficult time. It’s a huge privilege to be able to lighten the load just a little.”

She added that their faith is the reason for their generosity and that giving to others is a great way to celebrate Christmas.

Valerie went on to say:

“It’s great to be able to say to people that however impossible their financial situation seems, we will be able to help them to become debt free.”

She said that she and her Debt Centre team visit every client in their home, helping people across the area. Meanwhile, CAP’s head office negotiates with each person’s creditors, and local volunteers offer support to each person until they become debt free.

Valerie Roebuck said: “If you know you are already in crisis, please get in touch via our website here. You can also call our freephone number 0800 328 0006. We’d love to visit and help you.”

You can read a recent CAP article here which gives some great financial tips to stay in the black this Christmas.

You can help Ballymena Baptist Church and CAP provide Christmas Hampers to more than 100 local families.

Anyone wanting to donate to CAP’s hamper appeal can visit the webpage here