Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson are again joining forces this year for the fourth time to ensure families supported by the service can enjoy the festive period.
Christmas can be a very difficult time for families who find themselves in refuges – some families may have limited funds, and some families may have had to move into a refuge urgently leaving Christmas presents behind. This is why Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service and Justin are asking people to donate gifts which will be distributed to families who are either in the refuge or supported by the service.
By donating a gift for a young person or women in the refuge, you can brighten up their Christmas, and ensure they have gifts to open on Christmas morning.
The appeal runs until Sunday the 3rd December. Justin Tomlinson MP’s Constituency Office at the Orbital Shopping Park is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm to receive gifts – simply head around the back of the building and press the intercom to be buzzed in.
Gifts are needed for women and men, children of all ages – boys aged 10-17 in particular, as there are usually fewer donations in this area. Ideas for gifts include items such as:
• toiletries • pyjamas, • scarves and gloves, • games, toys, puzzles, books • festive food items (with long dates) such as mince pies, Christmas puddings and crisps and snacks.
Gifts must be new, unwrapped and in their original packaging.
There was an overwhelming response to last year’s campaign, with over three car loads of gifts to the refuge – and it is hoped for a similarly generous response this year.
Justin Tomlinson MP said: "Christmas is the perfect time to spread a little cheer – after all, it is the season of good will. It would be amazing if people could pick up an extra gift while they are doing their Christmas shopping to donate to the appeal, it really could make a difference to someone’s Christmas."