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Give generously to less fortunate

FLASHBACK: The Mail's Marie Westmoreland with some of the presents donated during 2011's appeal

FLASHBACK: The Mail's Marie Westmoreland with some of the presents donated during 2011's appeal

READERS are today kindly encouraged to think of others with the launch of the Mail’s annual festive appeal.

Give a Little Gift has provided hundreds of under-privileged children with Christmas presents across the years.

The idea behind the campaign is simple.

Readers are asked to drop off unwrapped presents for youngsters less fortunate than themselves at the Mail’s Wesley Square offices.

Don’t worry about breaking the bank.

Small gifts such as cuddly toys, perfumes, shower gels and selection boxes are just as welcome as any bigger presents.

We will then distribute your collection between worthy official causes across town.

Mail editor Joy Yates said: “We realise this year has been another difficult one for many people.

“But the success of last year’s appeal in trying times shows that readers in Hartlepool and east Durham are still willing to think of others.

“We hope as many people as possible will be able to do so again.”

Presents can be delivered to the Mail from Mondays to Fridays between 9am-4.30pm up until Friday, December 14.

We will then distribute them to reputable causes in time for the big day itself.

Among the groups we have dealt with in the past are: Hartlepool Women’s Aid, the Hartlepool Outreach service, Hartlepool Families First and Hartlepool Borough Council’s social services department.

Organisations wanting presents this year should make their requests in writing on letter-headed paper to Gavin Ledwith, at the Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.

Wish lists can also be emailed to gavin.ledwith@northeast-press.co.uk.

Please do what you can in order to help Give a Little Gift.

Just remember not to wrap your presents.

 

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