Everyone responded wonderfully, we have a sizeable collection to donate:
I am really pleased that I've been able to inspire people to give in this way, I know that these items will be gratefully received, and they will go to feed people who are most in need of help.
"Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." - James Ch 2 V 15-17