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#SoupKitchen23: Food collection to be held ahead of Saturday’s game - please give what you can!

A food collection will take place ahead of the game against West Bromwich Albion, and as the weather turns cold and hunger bites, every donation is priceless

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As football supporters, we often set great stall by what we’d class as the ‘really important things’. A last-minute winning goal, a player finally being available after injury, or perhaps a new signing who brings excitement and could make the difference in a key moment during a big game. Our emotions are often linked to these events and sometimes, it can feel like nothing else really matters, such is our passion for all things Sunderland AFC.

However, as winter bites and the spectre of hunger grows ever more prevalent, the simplicity and comfort of a hot, filling and nutritious meal is for many far more important than anything that could potentially happen in football.

For those who need it the most, this can make such a difference and it offers genuine hope where none seemingly exists. Times are hard for so many right now, and what we might class as an insignificant contribution that hasn’t cost a great deal of money can be anything but.

This Saturday, ahead of the live televised game against West Bromwich Albion, the Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen will be collecting food parcels from supporters making the trip to the Stadium of Light.

It’ll be held between 10:30am and 12:30pm, with the SCSK van parked opposite The Roker End Cafe and volunteers on standby to accept donations.

I attended a similar collection ahead of last season’s home game against the Baggies and despite the bitter cold, the generosity and goodwill of those who brought bags, boxes and packages of food - both big and small - was remarkable.

That night, as the van slowly filled up, you couldn’t fail to be struck by the fact that this was something that transcended football; Sunderland supporters young and old coming together to help those who’ve fallen on hard times and for whom help and support is so utterly vital.

If you bring a package to the donation point on Saturday, you can do so in the knowledge that every item will go to those who need it the most.

As our wonderful team of writers continue to raise awareness through their articles and the GoFundMe appeal continues to raise money, ‘on the ground’ donations are equally important and this is a wonderful chance for our fans to demonstrate, once again, that they’ll always extend a hand to anyone who’s struggling.


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