How to make Christmas happier for children and animals in Hartlepool

To help support the local community this Christmas, a Hartlepool supermarket has set up two donation points in store where customers and colleagues can give a gift to make the festive time a bit more special for those less fortunate.

Monday, 27th November 2017, 3:36 pm
Updated Monday, 27th November 2017, 3:38 pm
Selina Wilson, Community Champion at Tesco Extra in Hartlepool.

Selina Wilson, Community Champion at Tesco Extra explains.

“We are looking for donations of toys and gifts, suitable for babies and up to 16 years old,” said Selina.

“These will be given to Hartlepool Women’s Refuge and the Hartlepool People Centre, who are in partnership with St Aidan’s Church, to help families in crisis this Christmas.”

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Meanwhile, Shane Lynch, a colleague in the store’s phone shop, does a lot of voluntary work for the RSPCA and is looking for donations of old blankets and towels, food and toys.

“If you would like to give a gift to a child or if you are more of an animal lover, we would very much appreciate anything you could give to these campaigns, no matter how big or small,” added Selina.

The donation trolleys are opposite the self-service checkouts, next to the cafe.

So whatever you can do to help make Christmas a little bit better for children or pets, then please support one or both of the initiatives.