THERE’S already been a fantastic response to this year’s Chronicle – BiG Storage Make a Real Difference Gift Appeal.
The gifts are continuing to arrive at the drop-off points with generous individuals and organisations, including Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, giving much needed donations and support.
As well as stressing the importance of staying safe and spotting festive fire hazards, the firefighters are urging readers to get behind this year’s appeal and donate gifts for children of all ages who will be facing a tough time this Christmas.
Among those to benefit from this year’s appeal will be young people from in and around Chester who will struggle this season, as well as children from local charity Save the Family.
The organisation provides essential shelter and security for local homeless families, who may otherwise find themselves sleeping on the streets, in cars or separated from each other.
With readers’ support we can help hundreds of children to forget their distress and remember Christmas for all the right reasons.
This year we’re appealing for new or good-quality used gifts and items.
Our wish list includes newborn baby toys/equipment, teenage gifts and toiletries, games, and jewellery. Gifts of non-perishable goods are also welcome.
Perhaps you could consider giving any items bought as part of a buy one get one free promotion, maybe gifts left over from last year or possibly those presents discovered unused at the back of the cupboard?
Andrew Donaldson, of Sealand Road-based BiG Storage, which is behind this year’s appeal, said: “Once again we’ve been amazed and delighted at the generosity shown by people during the campaign.
“With the credit crunch in full swing and the cost of Christmas looming large, people really have dug deep to help those who are less fortunate.
“BiG Storage is extremely grateful and hope that people will continue to donate and help us help hundreds of children enjoy Christmas this year.”