Keep giving and share festive joy!

PLEASE keep giving - that’s the message from organisers involved in the Give Big This Christmas campaign.

In association with the Evening News and Scarborough Lions, the Brunswick Shopping Centre has launched its annual Giving Tree.

The appeal aims to light up Christmas for less fortunate people in and around the community.

People are asked to come forward with gifts which can be left at the Giving Tree in the Brunswick Shopping Centre, or at the Evening News office in Aberdeen Walk, up until Sunday December 4.

Presents are accepted for all age groups and must be new and unwrapped.

All the donations received will then be wrapped by the Scarborough Lions and distributed to needy people in the local area.

The group has been actively looking for places most in need of the donations and has decided to focus on Scarborough’s looked-after children, less fortunate families and the elderly.

Gareth Jones, president of Scarborough Lions, has called on more people to help spread the festive spirit.

He said: “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come down and put something in the drum.

“At Christmas all these gifts are going to the people that most need them. Many people get very little so we need to support them as much as possible.”

Many readers have already donated a huge number of gifts to the Giving Tree appeal. In an extra push in its last week, the target is a total of 1,500 gift donations to benefit even more people at this poignant time of year.

Mr Jones added: “I’m surprised at how many presents we’ve received this year given the economic situation, it’s a fantastic amount!

“It’s all about bringing that Christmas spirit that makes such a difference at this time of year, and of course it’s nicer to give than to receive.”

The Brunswick Shopping Centre is also running a free draw to win a £200 Christmas Shopping Spree and for every competition entry received before December 16, it will donate 20p to the Lions.