THE Voice of Pietermaritzburg (Vop) Facebook group has appealed to the public in light of the festive season upon us to donate to their cause and offer their help in providing food boxes for the under privileged this December. Vop founder Michelle Stevens said that the group is busy with a variety of festive season projects for the poor and would appreciate any help from the public. “One is appealing to businesses, schools, book clubs and even individuals to help us collect non-perishable food items for our December food boxes and we will provide shopping lists if need be,” said Stevens. Recently, Vop event organiser Deidre De Wee started to supply under privileged schools with lunch before and after their exams after a pupil had, via Facebook, requested a meal as he was desperate and had not eaten. “Since then we have supplied a sandwich and a piece of fruit to a number of pupils in schools locally and there are still a few more weeks to go,” said De Wee, who added that for updates, the public can visit their Facebook page. “We are desperate for donations of white sliced bread, margarine, peanut butter, jam and apples or oranges,” pleaded Stevens.If you would like to assist please message Deidre on 065 253 4746 between 8am and 5pm.If you can assist with groceries or sandwich items, please email Michelle at email@example.com.