Toiletries for both adults and babies and children,  are very welcome,  as are baby needs such as nappies, etc.

Toothpaste and toothbrushes for children and adults-soft or medium

Sleeping bags, bedding sheets, duvets, pillows.

*****However, please do not include out of date or nearly out of date as it may be in the store for 2-3 days.

Winter clothing, hats, gloves, socks, etc.  Summer T shirts for the kids.

The FoodBank writes: Black Country Foodbank helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of 3 days emergency food supplies while a longer-term solution is developed. The services we provide have an enormous impact on the people who use them, giving them an important breathing space at a time of great need.

If each church goer contributed just 2 items per week that would be great.  The need is great.  

Just think of the things your family uses regularly and spare an item. Check through that list again and see what you can do.

A word about the title: for those not familiar with the UK -the 'Black Country' is a part of the Midlands so named because of its industrial heritage. Halesowen is on the southern boundary of The Black Country.

One of the ways CLBC helps out within the wider community is with the Food Bank. The philosophy behind this help is to provide three days of emergency food for those in most need.  This has grown from a few boxes in the back of a car into two vans on the road every day.   Donations should be placed in the box in the side room of the Church Porch.

What they have found to be most needed:

Milk  -UHT or Powder preferably semi-skimmed, liquid in half litres.

Cereal - preferably non-sugared

Tinned Soups

Tinned Meat/fish

Tinned Fruits (in juice preferably)

Tinned Veg’s (carrots, sweetcorns, peas, mixed)

Fruit Juices  (carton long life)

Pasta/cooking sauces

Baked Beans/spaghetti

Rice/sponge pudding (tin)

Pasta, Rice, CousCous (500g/1kg)

Tea Bags (40’s & 80’s, Coffe (small)

Potato - instant mash or tinned

Sugar - 500g/1kg bags

Biscuits, crackers, crispbread

Healthy snack bars