Local PSNI officers and staff have given their backing to a project organised by the Whiteabbey and Jordanstown Churches Together programme.
The locally-run initiative, which is aptly called Storehouse, is aimed at helping people in the local community who could benefit from a helping hand.
Officers and staff from Newtownabbey, Ballyclare and Carrickfergus police stations recently prepared two gift boxes consisting of food and toiletry items, which they handed over to Helen Sweeney from the Churches Together programme.
Started in September 2011, Storehouse is supported by Whiteabbey Methodist and Presbyterian Churches and St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Jordanstown. It accepts referrals from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Health Visitors, Northern Ireland Probation Board and the local community who identify suitable candidates to receive the boxes, which are then delivered to them.
Representatives from Whiteabbey and Jordanstown Churches Together will be visiting Newtownabbey police station in January to explain the referrals process to officers and to request that they make referrals to the programme, should they come across someone who is in need and would benefit from a gift box.