Christmas cheer

The President of Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Winifred Mellett, hands over one of the baskets of gifts to Open Door volunteers Grace Hartin (right) and Florence Jackson on behalf of Millside Restaurant, Cloughmills.The donations will be distributed to the needy in the Ballymonery area before Christmas.
The President of Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Winifred Mellett, hands over one of the baskets of gifts to Open Door volunteers Grace Hartin (right) and Florence Jackson on behalf of Millside Restaurant, Cloughmills.The donations will be distributed to the needy in the Ballymonery area before Christmas.

Ballymoney Cross Community drop in centre, The Open Door, has been presented with a collection of hampers to be distributed to the needy in the town in time for Christmas.

The gifts were handed over by the President of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Winifred Mellett, to volunteers Grace Hartin and Florence Jackson at Open Door’s new premises 32 Main Street last Tuesday.

The hampers were donated by the Millside Restaurant, Cloughmills, who also provided similar gifts to the Centre last year which were also passed on to a number of under privileged families.

Volunteers Grace and Florence were delighted with the gesture and said it reflected the big-heartedness of businesses and members of the public who supported the aims and aspirations of their organisation.

“Last year’s hampers were very well received and to be able to do the same this year will bring a smile to many young people,” Florence said.

Mrs Mellett thanked the Millside for their generosity and praised the work of the Open Door in helping many people in the Borough in a number of positive ways.

“We all know how people can come here to avail of a number of services and volunteers depend greatly on donations such as been given by Millside. It’s worth remembering that Open Door is self-funding,” she said.

The Open Door welcomes people from all backgrounds and works with people with learning difficulties, disabled, people who are lonely and/or depressed.