The generosity of the public will make Christmas a much nicer time for those in need as the Give a Gift campaign celebrates its most successful year to date.
Spearheaded by Coun Harry Drury, Give a Gift has passed on donated toys to less fortunate children for the last eight years.
Harry said: “Even after eight years of doing this, I am absolutely overwhelmed and humbled once again at the huge number of toys donated by the hugely generous community across South Holland.
“I would personally and on behalf of my team, like to thank every single person who has donated and contributed towards what is our most successful year to date.
“We have seen in the Voice newspaper over the past few weeks the incredible demonstration of generosity from businesses and members of the public, without whom there would be children in our local area who would have received little to nothing this Christmas.
“Special thanks must go to The Spalding and South Holland Voice and each of the campaign partners. Without each of these businesses and organisations being involved and helping with the collections and donations, we could not run this campaign. It is very much a collective team effort across the whole community. Thank you to everyone involved and a very Merry Christmas.”
Rachel Mayfield, editor of the Spalding and South Holland Voice added:
“Our office was packed with toys during the campaign, we thank everyone who donated.
“The thought of a child waking up on Christmas morning without a present to open is heartbreaking and I’d like to personally thank everyone who donated and has helped to make Christmas brighter for hundreds of less fortunate children across South Holland and Boston.
“Thanks also go to everyone who acted as a collection point for this year’s appeal – we couldn’t have done it without you.”