LOCAL families living below the poverty line will receive special Christmas hampers made by a Dartford Church.

Members of Dartford Community Church, which runs the Dartford CAP Debt Centre in partnership with UK charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), have filled hampers with food and other essentials to deliver across the community.

Karen Simmon, Dartford CAP Debt Centre Manager, said: “We know there is a serious need among some of the people in our care. It’s really tough living on a low income and many of the people we are working with have a list of other difficulties too, such as ill health, joblessness and grief.

“Christmas on a very tight budget can be a very difficult time – it’s a huge privilege to be able to lighten the load just a little.”

She added that their faith is the reason for their generosity and that giving to others is a great way to celebrate Christmas.

Karen Simmons, Dartford CAP Debt Centre Manager said: “It’s great to be able to say to people that however impossible their financial situation seems, we will be able to help them to become debt free.”

She said that he and his debt centre team visit every client in their home, helping people across Dartford area. Meanwhile, CAP’s head office negotiates with each person’s creditors and local volunteers offer support to each person until they become debt free.

Karen Simmons said: “If you know you are already in crisis, please get in touch via our website capuk.org, or by calling our freephone number 0800 328 0006. We’d love to visit and help you.”

• Anyone wanting to donate to CAP’s hamper appeal can visit: capuk.org/christmas