While the festive period is a joyful, exciting time for most youngsters, there are many children who are left deprived and vulnerable with some waking up to nothing on Christmas Day.
That is why the Yorkshire Evening Post is today launching the annual Mission Christmas appeal in partnership with Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity.
We are calling on the people of Leeds to donate gifts to ensure that no child in West Yorkshire goes without a present this year.
In 2015 the appeal was a huge success and gifts were delivered to a record 22,145 youngsters.
This year’s campaign is supported by Crown Point Shopping Park, Foresters, Ison Harrison, Ringways Motor Group and B&M. The donations must be new and unwrapped and can be suitable for anyone from babies to 18 year olds.
And Crown Point will have several collection points in its stores where readers can hand in their gifts.
Once collected, the gifts are distributed to organisations responsible for the care of children such as Martin House Hospice, Candlelighters, Leeds Children’s Hospital and many others in the region. Lisa Sullivan, Cash for Kids manager said: “Last year was such amazing year and I want to thank the public for their incredible support. This year, as poverty statistics increase we need to help even more children and young people in Leeds and West Yorkshire.
“Mission Christmas will not end child poverty – but will give hope and shows these children that we do care and want to make a difference to their lives.
“We want children to still believe in the magic of Christmas.”
Readers are welcome to drop off gifts for the Mission Christmas appeal at the Yorkshire Evening Post’s reception on the fourth floor at No1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, LS12 1BE.