Christmas cheer from the Giving Tree appealBy Julie Spencer
December 14, 2012
Families who receive Christmas presents from The Wokingham Times Giving Tree appeal are overwhelmed by the generosity shown to them.
With just one week left for generous families to buy a present for a needy child, Ellie Pollitt, of charity Transform Housing, said the children and parents they supported were thankful that others thought of them at Christmas.
She said: “What is so fantastic is that often the presents are given to families from families.
“They write a little message to the recipient of the gift and often there is a message from the children who are giving the gift.
“Every year we become elves, we get all tinselled up and go out and deliver the gifts and we are also take Christmas hampers to our clients provided by the Rotary Club.”
Transform Housing is a charity that supports families with vulnerable parents or disabled children.
The charity is the collecting point for this year’s Giving Tree Appeal, co-ordinated by Gill McKernan.
Mrs McKernan said she was very pleased with the response to this year’s appeal which encourages shoppers to buy an extra gift for a needy child.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted with the generosity of local people.
“Presents are piling up at Transform Housing and some of the charities are already beginning to collect theirs for distribution.
“I would like to remind everyone who has selected a tag that they have to get the present back by Wednesday, December 19.”
Giving Trees have been displayed at shops and businesses around Wokingham borough over the past three weeks.
Supporters can select a tag from the tree which has the details of a present that has been requested by a charity.
They then buy the gift, return it unwrapped to the tree at the shop or business, where it is taken to Transform Housing and then on the individual charities.
The organisations that will be helped this year are Barnardo’s Young Carers, Dingley Play Group, Transform Housing, Home Start, ASD Family Help and the Berkshire County Blind Society.
Giving Trees are at Tesco in Finchampstead Road, Zappas in Bean Oak Road, Peach Street and Crowthorne High Street, Perforce in Wellington Road, Morrisons in Woosehill, Nirvana Spa in Sindlesham, Premier Research in Fishponds Road, Newbury Building Society in Broad Street and Wokingham Borough Council in Shute End.