The Channel Islands Co-operative Society is inviting Islanders to get involved with its Easter campaign to make a difference to individuals and families in need of extra support by contributing towards care packages.
Customers and members can get involved with the community campaign by purchasing a £2.50 Easter donation voucher which the Society will then match to cover the cost of the £5 care package. The vouchers, which will be available at the till or self service stations at all Co-operative food stores from Monday 15 March through to Sunday 28 March, will then be added to the total bill.
The care packages will be filled with treats to bring some brightness to those who need support the most this Easter. The Co-op hopes to support around 600 Islanders in Jersey and 300 in Guernsey through its Easter community campaign.
In Jersey the care packages will be distributed through Salvation Army, Shelter Trust, Age Concern, Causeway Association, Women’s Refuge, Jersey Association for Youth and Friendship and Brighter Futures. Food for Families (Les Cotils, Bright Beginnings and Wigwam), Salvation Army, Guernsey Welfare Service and Age Concern will distribute the care packages to their networks in Guernsey.
Ell Hopton, the Society’s community and sustainability manager, said: “Our Easter campaign follows on from our successful Christmas in a box campaign. We hope that this partnership approach for the Easter campaign will encourage Islanders to add a voucher to their food or petrol bill when shopping with us.
“From partnering with charities, we understand that there are many individuals and families across the Channel Islands who really appreciate some extra support. The Society will continue to raise awareness of the charities’ vital work and we hope our Easter campaign provides members and customers with an easy way to help us in supporting the community and making a real difference. We are pleased to be able to help by spreading a little Easter cheer to those in need through our community appeal and thank customers and members for their support”.