GENEROUS shoppers are being urged to help brighten Christmas for children who have been affected by domestic violence.
Harbour has launched its annual Giving Tree gift appeal, which asks shoppers to buy a present for disadvantaged youngsters, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool town centre.
The aim of the annual appeal is to give children a chance to enjoy the festive season.
Harbour, which operates the women’s refuge in the town and a string of domestic violence support schemes, runs the appeal.
It gives shoppers the chance to buy a gift that has been written on a tag on the tree, which will then be donated to a child who has been affected by domestic violence and who is getting support from the service.
Staff at Harbour will then present the gift to youngsters who have been forced to flee with their mother to escape violence in their homes. They say it helps give children a Christmas to remember.
Danielle Chadwick, service manager at Harbour in Hartlepool, said: “Every year we ask people to take a tag from the tree, purchase a gift and then donate it to the kiosk in the centre.
“Our staff then collect the presents and give them to the children and the annual appeal is always well supported despite the tough economic climate.
“The people of Hartlepool are very generous and without them it wouldn’t be such a success.”
This year’s Giving Tree is in York Place, at the upper entrance to Middleton Grange Shopping Centre from York Road.