Love in a Bag spreads the festive feeling in Bedford once again

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Martin from Gallone's with just some of the bags collected

Bedford’s businesses, organisations and individuals once again came together to make Christmas a little bit better for some of the town’s most vulnerable residents, thanks to Love in A Bag.

The annual project, now in its second year, received donations of 433 bags which have been distributed among charities and organisations.

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Since November, businesses including Gallone’s, Bedford Heights, Urbanite, Select Travel, British Friendly, Seventh Heaven, Treat Street and more have been receiving donated bags from members of the public.

The bags are filled with essentials such as shampoo, shower gel, tissues and face wipes and often include a hand-written card written by the donor to the recipient.

Those that have benefitted this Christmas include The Salvation Army, Families First Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Police Emerald Team, Victim Support, Smart Prebend Street Centre and YMCA Women’s Refuge.

“This year we’ve also been able to help 29 local families in need,” said Love in a Bag’s Chief Elf, Mel Stratton.

“They’ve been provided with a hamper full of Christmas dinner and festive goodies through Families First Bedfordshire and the children in those families have all received Christmas gifts thanks to the kindness and generosity of the people of Bedford.

“Special thanks to AB Fruits for donating all the fruit and veg and hamper boxes and Eric the Butcher in The Fairway for donating all the meat.

“Twinwoods Adventure helped to organise gifts for the children and made a substantial food donation to the hampers. They also gave Families First space there for free to store and make up the hampers to be distributed.

“As ever, it’s been an incredible team effort from everyone in Bedford who has helped us make Love in a Bag a success for another year.

“Merry Christmas to you all.”