We asked and you delivered - annual Give a Gift Appeal will help spread some cheer to families in crisis this Christmas

Generous Gazette readers have delivered more than 150kg of food for North Devon families in crisis this Christmas.

For the fourth year running, our Give A Gift appeal asked you to dig deep and donate festive treats that will be added to emergency three-day food parcels over the Christmas period.

Donations already brought to the Gazette office in Old Station Road, Barnstaple, have already filled three shopping trolleys – the equivalent of 347 main meals for people in need.

And even more items – including chocolates, mince pies and tinned ham, as well as Christmas crackers and books and crafts for children – are still arriving at our office. We’ll be dropping off the final donations at the food bank tomorrow (Friday).

Give a gift to needy families in North Devon this Christmas.Give a gift to needy families in North Devon this Christmas.

Steve Copland, manager of the Barnstaple branch of Northern Devon Foodbank, based at St John’s Community Centre, said: “We can’t thank Gazette readers enough – this really will make a difference to many families this Christmas.”

Gazette editor Andy Keeble said: “Once again we’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic response from our readers.

“We often forget that Christmas can be such a tough time of year for some families so it was a real privilege to be able to drop off so many thoughtful donations.

“Our foodbanks are such a salvation in times of crisis and any donations – no matter how small – will be hugely appreciated.”

Last December, Northern Devon Foodbank supplied 685 emergency food parcels, 301 of which went to children.

Duncan Withall, trustee at Northern Devon Foodbank said: “We are so fortunate to have the support of the community all year round; in order to provide emergency support when local people need it most, we absolutely rely on the kindness and generosity of the people of Northern Devon.

“Without your support, we simply could not do the work we do.”

Donations can be handed in at Foodbanks in Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton or Ilfracombe, up until tomorrow.

Click here to find addresses and opening times for the North Devon Foodbanks.