17 November 15 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

17 November 15 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

Fold Housing Association, one of the largest social housing providers in Northern Ireland, has today launched its annual Fold Family Appeal to help local families in need this Christmas.

Fold staff and residents throughout Northern Ireland have begun collecting toys and gifts for young people and non-perishable foods for Christmas hampers.

Eileen Patterson, Fold’s Director of Housing said: “In our role as a social landlord we have become increasingly aware of the difficulties that some families living in our communities are facing, as they feel the impacts of their incomes reducing and the cost of living increasing. We are in daily contact with families who will struggle to afford not only toys and presents for Christmas, but also food.

“For many families in need Christmas can be a time of added worry and we have seen how often they feel they have no option but seek help from food banks and door step lenders. We are working in partnership with established community groups to distribute these toys and hampers to families in need within the communities Fold works in throughout Northern Ireland.”

The appeal helped over 100 families in west and north Belfast and the Galliagh area in Derry-Londonderry in 2014 and this year the organisation is hoping to double its efforts. One of the organisations Fold has partnered with this year is the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership in West Belfast.

Michael George from the Partnership, said: “Colin Neighbourhood Partnership is delighted to have the support of Fold Housing Association in providing support for those most in need in our community. Every year we aim to reach more and more families who struggle to make ends meet at Christmas and Fold’s Family Appeal will make a massive and positive difference to many local families.”

The staff and residents of Fold have once again demonstrated their generosity and their desire to make Christmas a really happy time for the families in the communities they serve.

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