When Steve Mallett and Clair Reilly received a letter from their son's school asking for help from their local foodbank, they wanted to go a bit further than just donating a single item.
Foodbanks are becoming a way of life for more people than we can imagine. In the UK alone 13 million people live below the poverty line. In 2013/14 foodbanks across the UK fed 913,138 people, 330,205 of those were children!
It is not only food they need but personal items too that get overlooked. One of the items requested for was soap. Steve immediately contacted one of Curtis Packaging's customers Soapworks, based in Scotland, to ask if they could help. To our delight they embraced the opportunity to support and sent us a box of approximately 80 soaps which Steve personally took to the school.
Soapworks is the UK's largest manufacturer of soaps and employs over 100 employees full time, founded by Anita Roddick, Founder of The Bodyshop, back in 1987. Soapworks have been working closely with 'Glasgow The Caring City' since 2002 by delivering soap aid to millions of the poorest children across Africa as well as other countries affected by natural disasters such as flooding and earthquakes.
From a personal point having researched this for our blog, we realised just how we take the smallest luxuries in life for granted. Reading peoples stories have touched our hearts and have pledged to donate to the foodbank in East Grinstead every month.
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