A COVENTRY charity has been praised by councillors and the emergency services for their service to Coventry and the West Midlands over the Christmas period.
Langar Aid have been supporting various projects to provide food and comfort to those in difficult circumstances during the cold winter period.
Langar aid is a project belonging to the international humanitarian aid organisation Khalsa Aid. Its objectives focus on fighting hunger worldwide.
Coventry Partnership have publicly praised Langar Aid for their work this Christmas as has Westwood Conservative councillor Marcus Lapsa.
Coun Lapsa, said: “I have been proud to be a part of Langar Aid for nearly two years, the food collecting and donations are spreading an awareness of need.
“Langar Aid are working on the front line and are supporting people with compassion, never judgmental and are always on hand when people feel ready to change.”
Commenting on distributing food packs to elderly residents, the Coventry Partnership tweeted: “In all this freezing weather, another example of the fantastic work our partners @LangarAid carry out among our communities.”
The charity received thousands of donated clothes and undertook a food distribution project to feed the homeless and the vulnerable.
This year on Christmas Eve, the charity say Aldi and Tesco donated huge amounts of fresh items, which were dispensed to elderly homes and various charities around Coventry, Bedworth and Birmingham.
The charity launched a new project called “A Bag Of Warmth” with Coventry students before the Christmas holidays encouraging students to gather winter items to support individuals during the cold weather.
These clothes were packed in a bag and distributed to those in need around the West Midlands.
During the snowy cold weather, Langar Aid volunteers were walking around the Coventry City Centre distributing winter essentials, tea and coffee and snacks to service users on the streets.
The week before Christmas the Langar Aid Office was open Monday to Friday serving fresh hot food 11am – 5pm in collaboration with the Caravan and Camping group.
For over the past three years, Langar Aid have been providing hot and nutritious meals to the homeless, isolated and vulnerable.
The charity provides meals to many hostels around Coventry and other locations in the West Midlands on a weekly basis.
A spokesperson from the charity said: “Langar Aid will be supporting various churches, organisations and charities by providing food items and support where needed to serve the community over the festive season, by also covering some charities which take time off during the Christmas and New Year holidays.”
Langar Aid work with various schools around Coventry, to spread awareness of homelessness within the UK.
The project’s ethos is based upon the Sikh principle “share your food” which promotes equality hence the motto ‘Recognise the human race as one’.