Mission Christmas: Gift appeal for Leeds kids in poverty

Firefighters in West Yorkshire gear up for Mission Christmas.
Firefighters in West Yorkshire gear up for Mission Christmas.
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Firefighters are backing a campaign which will provide impoverished children with a gift to open on Christmas morning.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ scheme.

Residents are being urged to drop off new, unwrapped gifts at fire stations for one of the 39,500 children aged from 0-18 in West Yorkshire who are living in poverty.

Assistant chief fire officerDave Walton said: “This is a wonderful, heart-warming appeal which will put a smile on the faces of so many children who are at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day.

“We would encourage the people of West Yorkshire to buy just one extra present this Christmas and drop it off at 
one of our fire stations, 
where we will look after it before the gifts are collected by Father Christmas and his helpers,”

Those donating gifts can drop them off at 12 fire stations: Leeds, Hunslet, Garforth, Moortown, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Keighley, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Killingbeck and Shipley.

People will be able to leave their presents between noon-2pm and 5pm-7pm each day.

Gifts must be un-wrapped and in original packaging and people are asked not to leave any items outside the fire station if nobody is available to take them.

Charity executive at Cash for Kids said: “We are delighted to have the support of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. As the number of children living in poverty is increasing each year, their involvement ensures that we can help even more children this Christmas.”

For the full address of each fire station listed so that you can drop your present off, visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk