As part of the Liverpool FC’s yearly Operation Christmas Magic campaign, LFC legend Ian Rush accompanied staff members in assisting in the delivery of Christmas dinner hampers to over 2,000 local families.
The official club ambassador and all-time leading goal scorer for the Reds stopped by the Anfield Sports and Community Centre, where volunteers were helping to organise fresh food deliveries in time for Christmas.
A family of four can enjoy four days’ worth of fresh food in each hamper, which includes a fresh turkey and all the fixings for the ideal roast dinner in addition to a variety of festive treats.
Volunteers from the Anfield stadium team helped pack the hampers before distributing them throughout north Liverpool and Kirkby throughout last week.
The club and LFC Foundation collaborate with supporters, partners, and the larger community to support thousands of local residents and families during the festive period. Operation Christmas Magic is just one aspect of this effort.
The Reds’ community Christmas campaign, now in its fourth year, put a particular emphasis on child and food poverty in the Liverpool City Region this year.
Speaking about Operation Christmas Magic, Ian Rush, said:
“I’m delighted to be able to help in a very small way to ensure more than 2,000 fresh food hampers are delivered to local families in time for Christmas.
“Operation Christmas Magic is all about the LFC family coming together to help those in need at this special time of year.”
Forbes Duff, LFC Foundation’s Head of Community Engagement, added:
“We know Christmas time can be incredibly tough for many families across the Liverpool City Region. Food poverty continues to be a growing issue, our hope is that these fresh food hampers go some way to making this festive period a little brighter for those in need.”
The LFC Foundation and its Red Neighbours team organised additional Operation Christmas Magic events throughout December. These events included complimentary Christmas community lunches at Anfield, festive foodbank collections at all home games during the hectic holiday season, support for Radio City’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas, and the yearly visitation of both the men’s and women’s teams to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.