Give a gift this year to make a child smile

Councillor Gary Taylor, Emily Holmes from South Holland District Council's community team and Harry Drury from We'll Let Your House. ANL-141124-102431001
Councillor Gary Taylor, Emily Holmes from South Holland District Council's community team and Harry Drury from We'll Let Your House. ANL-141124-102431001

Letters from parents who are struggling to afford presents for their children this Christmas have been pouring in to us.

Many people across South Holland are requesting help as they are unable to afford toys for their little boys and girls this year.

One mother in need of help from our Give a Gift 2014 appeal, said: “I struggle most Christmases getting my children the presents they want.

“I am a single parent on benefits and sometimes I need food vouchers from the Citizens Advice Bureau to feed us.

“I have two children and it would be lovely to see them smile.”

The Lincolnshire Free Press, along with We’ll Let Your House, Beales, 
Sainsbury’s and South Holland District Council, are working together to make sure children do have something to smile about on Christmas Day.

We are also urging those who require a little bit of help buying toys for their children this year to get in touch.

Harry Drury, director at We’ll Let Your House, said: “There is no shame in asking for a little help for your children this Christmas.

“A lot of people in Spalding and district simply cannot afford such a privilege this year. This is why I urge people to come forward.”

With your toy donations, we will be able to deliver toys to those who need them the most this year.

All we ask is that you pick up an extra toy while you’re out doing your Christmas shopping and take it along to one of the drop points in Spalding.

Alternatively, why not donate a second hand toy?

As long as the toy is in good condition and is clean, we will happily take it off your hands to donate to the children of South Holland.

The drop points can be found at Lincolnshire Free Press offices in The Crescent (open between 10am and 2pm), the toy department at Beales in the Market Place, the We’ll Let Your House office in Broad Street Business Centre, the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s Spalding and the reception at South Holland District Council.

This is the first year that South Holland District Council has been involved in the Give a Gift appeal.

Councillor Gary Taylor, leader of South Holland District Council, said: “We are happy to support this year’s Give a Gift appeal.

“Gifts can be donated at the reception area at our offices in Spalding and we look forward to receiving them.”

If you would benefit from some help from our appeal, write an email or letter with some details about why you would benefit from the help to kat.wakefield@jpress.co.uk or Kat Wakefield, Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AB.