Parents appeal for Christmas gifts to help families in need

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 November 2017

Every Child Needs Christmas Campaign, Libby and Sarah Slee

Every Child Needs Christmas Campaign, Libby and Sarah Slee

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Charitable parents are collecting gifts for children to enable families in need to put presents under the Christmas tree.

Sara Slee set up the Every Child Needs Christmas campaign in 2013 and it has been getting bigger each year.

It is now run by Libby Thompson, Khurm Arshad and Sara Slee.

Sara said: “The basic essence of the campaign is to provide Christmas gifts for children who are less fortunate within our local community.

“We do so for anyone within the BS postcode areas. We set up drop-off points, you buy a new gift suitable for any age child between 0-16 and drop and we collect, wrap and send them to organisations which work with the families who are in direct need.

“We have been running Every Child Needs Christmas for five years now. Each year has been bigger and better and we have managed to exceed numbers of children reached each time.

“We work with many organisations within our BS postcode serviceable areas and the difference that your donations and time make to the families are invaluable.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us. This truly is an amazing campaign and we are so passionate about it. Here’s to making many more children happy this Christmas.”

People are asked to buy a gift for a child for around £5 and drop it off at one of the collection points in Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Weston-super-Mare.

Ideas on what gifts to buy can be found at www.amzn.to/2fohJlT and details of drop-off points are available from www.goo.gl/xQYGlh

Gifts must be new and tagged to include the age and gender of the child the present is for and they must be dropped off before December 6.

The team behind Every Child Needs Christmas is also holding two big wrap events at Worlebury Primary School, in Weston-super-Mare.

Volunteers are encouraged to pop in during the day to wrap some presents before they are distributed to families in the area.

The events are being held on December 8 from 6.30-9.30pm and on December 9 from 12.30-3.30pm.

Organisers are now looking for people within the BS postcodes to distribute flyers and posters and to tell schools, nurseries and community groups about the appeal.

To keep up to date with the campaign, visit www.facebook.com/childsxmas

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