Army of Kindness provide over 450 Christmas day meals to those in need

Date published: 11 January 2022

Over 450 people were provided with a Christmas meal by the Army of Kindness volunteer group in December.

Thanks to the support of the Al-Khair Foundation, the group served a hot Christmas Day dinner to around 150 people, including children, at St Andrew’s Church whilst over 300 meals were delivered to sheltered homes, hostels and Rochdale families. Food on the day was cooked by Madina Catering.

Other sponsors who helped provide donations included Middleton Ice Cream (presents), Panacea Motors (a £200 donation), Molesworth Hotel (a cash donation and support), Action Together (hampers), Aspire 2 Inspire Communities (helping set up the venue), and the Croft Shifa (children’s gifts).


Christmas presents


Further donations were also made by Atifa Shah – who stood as a candidate in the last general election – and the late Surinder Biant, who respectively gave winter kits including hats, gloves and socks, and a donation towards toys and gifts for families.

Staff from the Trade Centre UK even dressed up as Santa Claus and gave toys to young people.

Mohammed ‘Shiri’ Sheraz, of the Army of Kindness, said: “A massive thank you to Al-Khair Foundation for sponsoring the food for our Christmas Day dinner and all our sponsors for your help, support and donations.

“Finally, thank you to the amazing Army of Kindness volunteers who selflessly help and support this day to happen and give up their family time to support others. You know who you all are, and we are fortunate to have you.”

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