Craigiebuckler church (Church of Scotland) has been working alongside the Aberdeen Cyrenians since the start of the lockdown,
providing a weekly drop-off point for food, toiletries, household goods. The church and community have pulled together to support this and each week a van has been filled to replenish the Cyrenians’ store.
This has been welcomed by the Aberdeen Cyrenians who have distributed over 18,000 care packages of essential items during this time to thousands of people facing crisis in and around the city.
Grant Copeland, volunteer co-ordinator at Aberdeen Cyrenians said:
“The support from Craigiebuckler Church and all those involved with donating has been absolutely amazing. This year has been hard for everyone, so to still see this level of generosity every week when we collect the donations is incredible.
“2020 has shown us how important home is to our safety and wellbeing. Supporting vulnerable individuals affected by homelessness and crisis, especially through the coming winter months is so important. Donations like the ones we collect from Craigiebuckler Church make this possible!” This Christmas time the idea of donating Christmas stockings filled with gifts for children and their families has created a new and exciting hub of activity at the church.

Rev Kenneth Petrie, Minister at Craigiebuckler Church explains how the idea developed. “We invited members of the church and the local community to donate food items for the homeless and have been taken aback at the community response including to our Christmas stocking Appeal.
A member of the congregation, Rosemary Sell, thought it would be a great idea if we could fill stockings for children in families supported by the Cyrenians.
We hoped to fill 50 stockings but when the appeal ended on 30th November we had filled over 70 stockings. In addition there were bags of items that couldn’t fit into stockings which we are sure the Cyrenians will make good use of. We were also, because of the generosity of church members and the local community, able to give the Cyrenians £655 to help those in our city for whom this Christmas will be particularly hard.
This was a fantastic response and is just one example of how the Church has been supporting people, and communities, throughout the pandemic.
For further information please contact
Craigiebuckler Church: Rev Kenneth Petrie KPetrie@churchofscotland.org.uk
Tel 01224 315125
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Aberdeen Cyrenians: Grant Copeland grant.copeland@weareac.org