Every Child Needs Christmas expands

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:07 05 December 2014

Every Child Needs Christmas Campaign, Libby and Sarah Slee

Every Child Needs Christmas Campaign, Libby and Sarah Slee

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A WESTON-BASED campaign to make sure every child has a special Christmas has expanded.

The Every Child Needs Christmas campaign was started last year by two Weston mums, Sara Slee and Jo Boswell, and donated hundreds of gifts to children around Weston.

Sara said: “We have expanded a lot this year, last year we just collected for Weston because it was a last minute campaign but this year we are going to all BS post codes.”

Sara and her friend Libby, pictured above, are working with Action For Children, Weston Foodbank and many more charities to provide gifts for youngsters.

Sara said: “Foodbanks have been key for us this year, they are obviously already collecting food so we are adding another dimension to their collections.”

Last year Sara had gifts piled from floor to ceiling in her own home but thanks to the generosity of Weston Aerobic Gymnastic Club she now has storage space at the Potteries Community Centre.

She said: “The club has given us space upstairs completely for free which is amazing.

“We can organise everything by age and leave it all in that space, which is great.”

Sara has also started linking with more small businesses, she said: “[The businesses] are using it for their secret Santa, so instead of buying a gift they donate one gift to us.

“I really want to build on the relationships with even more corporations next year. We are going to get even bigger.”

There are 26 drop-off points across North Somerset, Sara said: “We put the feelers out for people who could be drop-off points early on this year. We actually had people calling us offering to do it.

“We’ve already had so many donations. It’s absolutely great, I’m massively overwhelmed.”

Any donations must be received by December 14 and there will be a special gift wrapping event taking place at Milton Baptist Church in Baytree Road on December 9 from 7-9pm.

Sara said: “We have started up an event as a chance for people to come along and wrap gifts and help out.”

For more information visit www.facebook.com/childsxmas

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