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Christian giving charity sees record breaking donations as cost of living crisis continues

by Tola Mbakwe

An online Christian giving charity is celebrating record-breaking donations.

Acts 435, which works through partner churches and charities across the UK to help those in need, saw a record month of over £100,000.

It’s an increase of £25,000 the month prior, and is the most they’ve raised in the 12 years the charity has been operating.

Acts 435 executive director Jenny Herrera told Premier it’s shocking.

“A lot of people certainly are experiencing the squeeze on one level or another, and I know a lot of charities are struggling with their general income.

“This Christmas, we are doing a campaign around just £5, because we want people to feel that even if they can only spare £5 to help, their £5 will make a difference, so we really weren't expecting this.

“The reality is there are a lot of people who are watching the news, reading newspapers, and aware of the desperate need that some people are in and want to do something to help.

“We're a Christian charity, and we very much look to God for his provision, and he has been so faithful over the 12 years of the charity. That's certainly what we've seen in this past month and hope to continue seeing over the winter”.

The national online giving charity connects those who want to give with those that have need. It works through a network of churches and local charities who are all seeing the increasing need throughout the current cost of living crisis.

Herrera said: “Our limit is £150. So this isn't the big things. It's where we step in for a specific item that someone needs, where that small gift will make a big difference and 100 per cent of what donors give goes directly to that need”.

She added: “It might be a situation where people will just have very low income, who are just struggling to make ends meet, and when something goes wrong, they've got no buffer.

“So when something goes wrong, like the cooker breaks, or the kids have grown out of their school shoes, they’re just a struggling to find the money to make ends meet.

 “We're helping individuals, couples, families, whether they are on benefits, or whether it's people just on low income… maybe they’re on zero hours or they’re homeless.”

Acts 435 has community of over 6,000 donors.

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