Thousands of presents have been donated to the 2019 Buckinghamshire County Council Christmas gift appeal.
Hundreds of vulnerable children and young people across Buckinghamshire will receive a Christmas present this year thanks to the generosity of Buckinghamshire County Council staff, councillors, residents and community groups.
The Buckinghamshire County Council Christmas gift appeal, which is now in its fifth year, aims to ensure that all local disadvantaged children receive a present over the festive period.
The donation appeal was launched at the start of December and since then countless presents have been collected and distributed to vulnerable children and young people by the County Council’s social care teams.
Local residents, community groups and businesses have again supported the appeal this year.
Paul Irwin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transportation and Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, who have both overseen the appeal, expressed their delight and gratitude at its continued success.
Paul said: ‘I never fail to be amazed by the kindness of our residents and Council staff. I would like to thank all those who have donated presents for this year’s appeal.
Unfortunately there are many children and young people across the county who won’t receive much this Christmas and so these gifts really do mean an awful lot.‘
Mark added: ‘When you see the huge piles of presents that have been donated, it really does demonstrate just how much our residents and staff care about the young people and children in the local area. It is quite touching.‘
Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services hopes the appeal will continue to grow: ‘I am so pleased that the Christmas present appeal continues to be incredibly successful year on year.
Sadly, there are many people who find Christmas to be a really difficult time. With these gifts we are able to help make vulnerable children and young people feel special.
The contribution of Council staff, councillors and residents really can’t be understated – without them none of this would be possible.‘
The community groups and businesses who supported the 2019 County Council’s appeal are :
- Aylesbury Salvation Army.
- Baker Leasing, Amersham.
- Coffee 94, Waddesdon.
- Richings Park Residents Association.
- RAF Halton.
- Salon 14 hair salon, Aylesbury.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.