The Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Mission Christmas toy appeal has helped more children than ever before.
Thanks to thousands of kind donations from businesses, residents and YEP readers, this year’s record-breaking appeal delivered more than 15,300 presents worth nearly £830,000 to some of the region’s most underprivileged children.
Mission Christmas, which is run by 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids charity, delivers festive gifts to needy West Yorkshire children who might otherwise have woken up to nothing on Christmas Day.
Children and young people supported by organisations such as Martin House Children’s Hospice, Pinderfields Hospital, Barnardo’s and the Growing Zone all benefitted this year.
Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody across Leeds and West Yorkshire who has donated gifts and money to our appeal – we couldn’t have done it without them.”
The annual appeal, supported by Crown Point Shopping Park and Foresters, encouraged people to hand in new and unwrapped gifts at collection points at the Crown Point Shopping Park, Radio Aire’s Burley Road studio and at businesses and charities across the region.
The YEP handed over more than 50 gifts donated by readers alongside the likes of Hunslet Hawks RLFC, regional Nandos restaurants, Tiger Tiger Leeds and Thornhill Academy.
Ms Sullivan added: “It’s amazing that we have helped so many children at this time of year.”
Last year Mission Christmas delivered more than 14,000 presents worth over £500,000 to needy children in our region.
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