UNDERPRIVILEGED youngsters across South Derbyshire are set to receive Christmas cheer — in the form of presents donated via an annual festive appeal.
South Derbyshire CVS is co-ordinating the Children’s Christmas Appeal, in which toys and gifts donated by three local churches and the general public are handed out to youngsters from families struggling during the festive season.
Last year, appeal organisers handed out almost 1,000 gifts, each of which helped to brighten up someone’s Christmas, according to CVS operations director Chris Harris.
She told the Mail: “It’s hard for any of us to put ourselves in the position where we get up on Christmas day and literally have nothing.
“That’s what is facing some of these families, so having something to open on Christmas morning is going to make a real difference to them.
“We always have a really good response to the appeal and whenever we ask for something extra or something specific, someone always comes up with the goods for us.”
The appeal is seeking presents for children and young people from babies up to the age of 18, but gifts are particularly needed for teenage boys and very young children under the age of three.
Also needed are ‘Christmassy’ food items such as biscuits or chocolates, and gift-wrapping materials such as wrapping paper, sticky tape and gift bags.
The bulk of the gifts come from the three participating churches — Church Gresley Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist Church, in Linton Heath, and St Peter’s Church, in Netherseal.
However, members of the public are asked to give their own donations of toys and gifts, which can be handed in at the CVS headquarters in Grove Street, Swadlincote.
More information is available by calling Jacqui Myatt or Chris Harris on 01283 219761.