CHURCHES across Inverclyde banded together to send 'car-loads' of household items and food parcels to Inverclyde's poorest people.

Parishes from the Connect faith collective organised a reverse advent calendar campaign, which saw church members collect bathroom items and food donations throughout December that were then sent to Starter Packs Inverclyde and Inverclyde Foodbank.

Congregation members brought the collected items to the Lyle Kirk's Union Street building and joined church leaders in the church's community garden space for some hot chocolate and festive tunes.

Those who donated also received a Christmas gift bag as a thank you from the churches.

Reverend Jonathan Fleming of the Lyle Kirk told the Tele he was blown away by the support the campaign had received.

He said: "It was absolutely fantastic to see such a great turnout from our congregations.

"Around 70 households donated to our appeal and we'll divide those contributions between Starter Packs Inverclyde and the Inverclyde Foodbank.

"We received car-loads of food and home items to send to those who were struggling the most at Christmas."