Hundreds of children will wake up to a perfectly wrapped gift on Christmas Day thanks to caring volunteers linked to a community-focussed firm.
Four families, who are members of the savings and finance firm Foresters, have spent their weekend packaging £1,500 worth of gifts to be distributed as part of the YEP-backed Mission Christmas toy appeal at Radio Aire, off Kirkstall Road.
The presents will be sent out to young people being supported by the Candlelighters children’s cancer charity at Leeds General Infirmary.
The Mission Christmas toy appeal is run by 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids charity and aims to ensure every child in West Yorkshire wakes up to a gift this Christmas.
Anna Wallace, member coordinator at Foresters, said: “Cash for Kids is brilliant, it helps us to really reach people that really need it. Especially at Christmas time there are so many children in the area that are in need of a present and by linking up we are able to involve our members.”
Foresters, which is owned by members, invests in good causes. It has spent £4,000 on Mission Christmas gifts this year.
We are continuing to appeal for donations of unwrapped gifts for Mission Christmas at drop-off points such as stores at the Crown Point Shopping Park so that the appeal can help more of the most needy youngsters in the region.
Last year’s appeal saw Mission Christmas deliver gifts to over 15,000 children linked to good causes including Barnardo’s and regional hospices.
Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “We are so grateful for the very special relationship we have with Foresters. Mission Christmas just wouldn’t be as successful without their help and commitment to help others. Not only have they generously donated funds but also donated their time to help sort the gifts.”
Visit www.radioaire.com/missionchristmas or call 0113 2835555 for further information.