Readers respond to Salvation Army stolen food appeal

THEFT: Maj Sharen Furlong with some of the tins that thieves left behind. The donations have now been replenished by generous readers. (d615c249)
THEFT: Maj Sharen Furlong with some of the tins that thieves left behind. The donations have now been replenished by generous readers. (d615c249)
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GENEROUS readers have turned out in their hundreds to help a church whose food for needy people was stolen by callous thieves.

Readers were so appalled, they came from all over the county to replenish the stock.

Maj Sharen Furlong, from the Barrack Street church, said: “The amount of food that has been donated as a result of the article far outweighs what was stolen and means that even more families and individuals can be helped not just this Christmas time but throughout the coming months.

“I have been completely overwhelmed and very touched by the generosity and kindness of so many people. This whole experience has been very humbling as people have rallied round to offer their support and practical help.

“I believe a tremendous amount of good has come from a sad and disheartening situation, and this just shows that there are some very kind, considerate and generous people out there.

“Donations of food, offers of help and support and financial contributions have come from so many different sources. St George’s Crypt in Leeds heard about our plight and have responded very generously by sharing some of their resources, as have local residents’ associations, the Methodist Daybreak Project based in Dewsbury, the Co-operative, Morrisons, the parents and children of Leeside Community School, Mirfield Round Table, local branches of the Halifax Building Society, Archie’s Café and countless individuals from the young to the elderly, who have come along with tinned food and packet goods to replenish what was stolen.

“I wish to say thank you for the support from the paper in featuring our plight in the first place and a huge thank you to everyone who has responded so generously. People have been amazing and the Salvation Army, through this show of public support and generosity, can continue reaching out to those in most need this Christmas. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers a very, happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas.”