Last days to give a Christmas gift

IN THE final weekend of the Giving Tree we’re calling on the public to support the campaign that can help change Christmas for those less fortunate in Scarborough.

While shoppers may be consumed in gift lists and festive fever, local organisations have joined forces and are appealing to people to think of others in the area who may receive very little or nothing at this poignant time of the year.

The Giving Tree scheme was launched by the Brunswick Shopping Centre in association with the Evening News and Scarborough Lions and calls on people to come forward with gift donations which will be distributed to needy people in time for Christmas.

Brunswick centre manager Jim Hughes said the collection so far showed a good mark of people’s generosity despite a tough economic climate and that it would make a happy Christmas for a large variety of people.

He said: “This year has gone very well, we’ve got loads of presents which is very good in these times.

“If people can make one final push it can make all the difference of a good Christmas for someone and in particular children.

“The gifts cover all ages and both sexes, no one will be left out this Christmas.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who has contributed, it really has made it worthwhile for everybody concerned.”

Hundreds of people have already kindly donated presents to the appeal which is set to benefit many underprivileged children, families and elderly people in the local area.

Time is running out, but there’s still room for more to go around!

Shoppers now have until 5pm tomorrow to leave gifts by the drum at the Giving Tree in the Brunswick Shopping Centre.

Gifts are accepted of any value and for any age group and must be left unwrapped.

The Scarborough Lions will be working with Santa to deliver these presents in and around the area in the coming weeks before Christmas.

Since the scheme was launched last month, a spread of gifts have been received at the Giving Tree.

On the Christmas list includes footballs and sports equipment, a skateboard, DVDs, video games, board games, sweets and chocolates, toy cars, musical toys, Christmas selection boxes, jewellery, men and women’s clothing, toiletries, books, blankets, slippers, handbag, ornaments, teddy bears, stationery and more.