Our appeal to buy toys for children who otherwise could be facing a miserable Christmas has got off to a great start.
The Lincolnshire Free Press has launched the Give a Gift appeal in conjunction with Spalding letting agency We’ll Let Your House and department store Beales.
And to kickstart our campaign to bring a smile to scores of children’s faces on Christmas morning the Lincolnshire Free Press and We’ll Let Your House have each donated £50 to buy some toys.
Even better – our £100 has generously been matched by Beales to give a total of £200 to spend on a variety of toys for boys and girls from toddlers to aged 12.
Staff at the shop will pick out the toys to add to the ones we are asking you to donate.
Already there have been a number of generous donations brought into the We’ll Let Your House’s office at the Broad Street Business Centre and the Lincolnshire Free Press reception in The Crescent.
And shoppers have been super generous – already filling a large box at Beales with a selection of new and used toys.
But we need you to keep them coming to make sure we have an abundance of gifts to give out nearer the big day.
We’ll Let Your House company director Harry Drury and his staff, with help from Beales staff will be taking on the role of Santa’s little helpers to distribute the toys after the collection deadline of Wednesday, December 18.
We are asking you to consider adding an extra little gift – whatever you can afford – to your basket as you do your Christmas shopping.
You do not have to spend too much – a small gift costing just a few pounds could put a big smile on a child’s face on December 25.
We are also inviting parents who might be struggling to afford presents for their children to get in touch.
If you would benefit from some help from the Give a Gift appeal, send a letter outlining why, with your name, name of your child and contact details, including email address, home address and daytime telephone number.
All requests will be considered and a decision made depending on gift availability.
Send your letters to Tracey Sweetland, Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AB.