Food bank gets burgled and trashed but community steps in and saves Christmas
A Scottish food bank was burgled and trashed just days before Christmas – but the community stepped in to ensure those in need were looked after.
Staff were distraught when they realised Coatbridge Community Food Bank in Glasgow had been ransacked on Wednesday night.
As well as stealing provisions the vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Staff quickly asked for help online through a crowd sourcing website and donations and offers of help started to flood in.
Manager James Dempsey told the BBC: ‘Christmas prevails in the Coatbridge area. We were heartbroken.
‘People were full of horror and shock that anyone would want to trash and ransack a food bank.’
He added: ‘People have been outstanding in their generosity and we have run out of space to store the donations twice.’
Now, the food bank has more goods than it would have had not been burgled.
Food bank staff member Nicola McLaughlin added: ‘Children have been donating their pocket money to staff and we had a gran who filled her wee trolley with food and brought it in,” she said.
‘It has been overwhelming.’
There have already been pledges of over £5,000 after an appeal for money to fix the building repairs.
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