Generous readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post have helped hundreds of needy children this Christmas thanks to their kind donations.
Around 300 festive gifts donated by readers at the annual YEP carol service at Leeds Minster last week have been passed on to 96.3 Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity to support the Mission Christmas toy appeal.
Volunteers from Cash for Kids visited the YEP’s Whitehall Road offices yesterday, where newspaper staff added to the pile of gifts and helped the charity take them away to be wrapped and distributed to needy children across West Yorkshire.
The Mission Christmas appeal aims to ensure every child in the region wakes up to a gift on Christmas Day.
Jeremy Clifford, editorial director of the YEP, said: “We have seen tremendous generosity from our readers and listeners to Radio Aire, which, given the difficult times people face is humbling. We are going for one last push to reach our target and hope as many people as possible will help to make a child’s Christmas magical.”
The Rev Canon Charles Dobbin, interim priest at Leeds Minster, said: “I’m amazed at the generosity of people across Leeds giving in the way they have.”
Unwrapped gifts can be donated to collection points at the Crown Point Shopping Park’s stores by Monday at the latest before the appeal closes and the final round of gifts are wrapped and sent out. Last year the appeal helped over 15,000 children linked to good causes.
Lisa Sullivan, from Cash for Kids, added: “Together we can make a difference and put a smile on the faces of the neediest children across our region.”
For details visit www.radioaire.com/missionchristmas.