Instead of filling evidence bags, teams of forensics officers have been busy collected boxes full of food to help feed struggling famillies this Christmas.
And they presented the donations to St Catherine’s Church, on Doncaster Road, on Monday morning.
The officers work out of Calder Park alongside other forensics squads from around Yorkshire and the Humber.
Exhibits officer Jacqueline Barker said: “Each team collected food that will be distributed in their areas. We chose to give our donations to St Catherine’s Church.
“This year has been very difficult for some people on low incomes because of increases in fuel bills and other living costs. Donating food to the food bank will mean at least some families will not have to go without.
“We also included some treats such as selection boxes and chocolates. And we also put some dog and cat food in there as well.”
The food bank at St Catherine’s has seen unprecedented levels of demand from families, including those in full-time work.
Lisa Grant, centre manager, said: “The number of people coming to us for help is continuing to rise and we cannot see that ending any time soon.
“At the moment we desperately need long life, full-fat milk. We are trying to secure a long-term sponsor to help but any donations would be gratefully received.”
Next Monday, the church is holding a Christmas party for its service users.
Ms Grant said: “This is the first time we have done it. So many people have said they cannot afford to have a Christmas dinner this year.”
To donate to the food bank, visit the church or call 01924 211130.