Distributing thousands of boxes of baby food to benefit hard-pressed families is not usually what CMS Window Systems would expect of their window and door contracts managers, but that’s exactly what John Deacon has been doing in his spare time after a huge unplanned charity donation arrived at its Fife premises.
For many years, CMS Window Systems has provided storage space at its site in Kirkcaldy for the Cottage Family Centre, a charity which supports families and individuals who are vulnerable to social exclusion through factors such as poverty, unemployment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and health related issues. Normally used to prepare for the charity’s marathon pre-Christmas delivery day, CMS was able to help and put to the space to good use back in January when a donor offered the charity 17 pallets of baby food worth around £60,000.
Keen to make sure needy families could benefit from this welcome donation, John has been spending evenings and weekends over the last four months delivering boxes of baby food to food banks across Fife and West and East Lothian. This has benefited thousands of families in areas including Kirkcaldy, Leven, Glenrothes, Kelty and Whitburn – locations that the CMS Window Systems team knows well through its long relationships with local authorities and housing associations in those towns.
John said: “We’re well used to handling and storing the donations for the Cottage Family Centre’s annual Christmas appeal, but unfortunately this donation of baby food arrived too late for Christmas 2017, and too early for 2018. So, we wanted to do what we could to ensure those in need could still benefit, and that’s why I’ve been helping out by making regular deliveries to the region’s food banks.
“These guys do an amazing job, helping everyone from single parents crippled by debt, to working families who are struggling to make ends meet. That’s why it is so pleasing to be able to support them in this way.”
John and his CMS Window Systems colleagues have provided financial and hands-on support to the Cottage Family Centre for several years now. Every year in the run up to Christmas, they provide a storage and distribution centre for hundreds of packages to be prepared and delivered to local families. They also provide vans to deliver these packages which include food, children’s clothes and other Christmas gifts.