We have a tradition in our house that I’m sure will be familiar to you too.
My son recently came to me with his Christmas list. After much consideration, he’d carefully scribbled down what he might receive this year, dreaming of opening that special gift on the 25th. At seventeen years old, some things haven’t changed since he was small enough to sit on my knees!
But the reality for too many children across the UK this Christmas is that it’s not toys or presents on their Christmas list – but food.
Did you know that a shocking 3 million children will be at risk of going hungry in the upcoming Christmas holidays? Free school meals are provided during term time, but when school holidays start school the free meals stop.
Recently, Sarah – one mum supported by her local TLG Make Lunch club – bravely shared her story on the BBC News. You can watch her story by clicking here. In the clip, her daughter Nicole talks about how tough it is to see her mum struggle. No child should have to worry about their parents.
That’s why I’m so thankful for TLG Make Lunch – churches providing meals for children facing holiday hunger. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas. The presents, the decorations, the various special events leading up to the big day all sweep us in a haze of festiveness. But let’s not allow it to blind us to the reality of Christmas for so many children and families.
This Christmas, we’re sending out an urgent appeal to our supporters. This Christmas we’ll see 1,500 children who are struggling with holiday hunger at our Make Lunch clubs. Will you give a one-off donation this Christmas to help us to support families struggling to afford food in the school holidays. Even just £13 could help to feed a hungry child.
Compassionate supporters just like you have already helped us to meet over two thirds of our target – enabling our clubs to feed an incredible 1000 children – but there’s still a way to go to close the gap.
It’s because of people like you that we can prevent this Christmas being yet another hungry holiday.
Click here to discover more about TLG’s Christmas Appeal 2018.
Tim Morfin is the founder and Chief Executive of TLG. Tim, together with a group of other volunteers from a local church, began TLG by helping young people struggling in school in Bradford. He now leads the organisation nationally, still committed to bringing hope and a future to children and their families. He is married to Rachel and has three teenage sons.