Rotary Club of Reading

Christmas Puds for the Salvation Army Hampers

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Two years ago a member of the Rotary Club of Reading, John Osborne, took a box of apples from trees in his garden to the local corner shop in Kintbury, West Reading, for them to sell and raise money for a charity. The owner of the corner shop was a keen Salvation Army supporter and suggested the funds should go to the Army with an offer that whatever the apples raised the shop would match it. Funds were raised to 100, so plus the shop's donation a total of 200 was raised. On contacting the Salvation Army they suggested a donation to the Christmas Hampers the Army distributes annually. John then searched for an inexpensive item for this hamper and found the ideal thing - a Christmas pudding that would feed 4 for a mere 1.79p. The Salvation Army Community Development Officer, Matt Stone, was delighted with the suggestion of a pudding, With an additional donation from the Reading Rotary Club, a total of 220 puddings were purchased and donated last year.
2017 saw Eric Moyse, President of the Rotary Club of Reading seen handing over the first of 500 Christmas puddings to Major Richard Welch, Commanding Officer, Reading Salvation Army Citadel. Also in the picture is Matt Stone, Salvation Army Community Development Officer who is in charge of distributing hampers to needy families in the area. This is the second year that the Club has donated puddings.
Matt stated that this Christmas they will be feeding about 3,500 people, the hampers are always well received and these puddings will add a real touch of Christmas Fare to the hampers.