About 700 families in the municipality of Leiria will receive Christmas baskets – Region of Leiria

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Around 700 families in situations of social vulnerability will receive Christmas baskets, an initiative of Câmara de Leiria that complements others, to mitigate the social impact of the covid-19 pandemic, it was announced today. hui.

In a press release, the municipality led by Gonçalo Lopes explains that for this action the municipality has “the partnership of the parish councils of the municipality, which has made it possible to identify the families who will receive the baskets containing the food necessary for a Christmas supper “.

According to the note, “this action will complement the various solidarity initiatives implemented” by the chamber.

Social Development Portfolio Advisor Ana Valentim, mentioned in the press release, says the initiative aims to ensure that families “can celebrate a court as important as Christmas, especially at a time when many are struggling. economic. and social ”.

Ana Valentim explained to Lusa that “this is the first year that the municipality delivers baskets, associating with the parish councils, some of which already had this project”.

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“What we are asking the councils is to identify families other than those they are already supporting,” he added, referring to that “684 families are going to have Christmas baskets”.

“In fact, we had never taken this initiative and, due to the context in which we find ourselves and the difficulties families face, we understand that this action was important, which is a complement to other initiatives of social solidarity that we have carried out in the context of mitigation. the social impact of the pandemic, ”continued Ana Valentim.

The advisor said the baskets, which will be delivered on Friday, will include, among other products, cod, olive oil and bolo-rei, so that “these families have a Christmas dinner”.

Ana Valentim acknowledged that “more and more people are asking for help”, a situation that has been noted, for example, in requests for support under the leasing program or the Municipal Social Emergency Fund. .

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