As with everything this year, the Kids Inspire Christmas Appeal has adapted to current restrictions and, in the best interest of everyone involved, is encouraging gifts via a dedicated Amazon Wishlist or via a direct donation.
In 2019, the Christmas Appeal distributed over 1,900 gifts and 285 food hampers to children, siblings and families across Essex.
Determined for the appeal to go ahead and to reach as many children and families as possible, gifts and hampers can still be dropped off at Hargrave house in Great Baddow. They will simply undergo a 72-hour quarantine inside the building following arrival.
Other changes to the appeal this year include a reduced volunteer presence – requesting that those who do wish to be involved stay to wrap for longer sessions to limit movement on site.
Kids Inspire felt it important to run the Christmas Appeal in its 10th year regardless of the circumstances, because of the role the children’s mental health charity, and the festive appeal, plays within the local community.
Vicky Haylock, operations manager, said: “As with all things at Kids Inspire, our Christmas Appeal started with a child at the centre, a child who we knew wouldn’t quite have the Christmas they deserved.
“This Christmas we appreciate it is going to be tough for some families. We don’t want to see any child go without, so regardless of the circumstances we are pleased to be going ahead with a few changes in place.
“Every year we are completely humbled by the community who are just so willing to lend a hand, this is our tenth year and we look forward to it being an extra special Christmas Appeal – we know the real difference that it is going to make for so many.”
Eecipients are aged between 0-18 and have been nominated by social workers, children’s centres, Kids Inspire’s clinical team, schools and other organisations working with children across Essex.
Likewise, the hampers will go to the families of nominated children.