Edward Mellor have teamed up with Manchester-based children’s charity, Wood Street Mission, to help thousands of local children who wouldn’t usually wake up to a present on Christmas morning.
We recently met with the owners of some children’s nurseries, in areas of Stockport and Tameside with high levels of deprivation, and heard of the difficulties many families face throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.
For many of these children, attending nursery school every weekday provides them with a warm environment and a hot meal, something they might not be getting at home. The challenges faced by these families are heightened at Christmas when the schools are closed.
These were not stories of neglect or abuse, just about hard times.
So this year, we at Edward Mellor would like to help local children like these and we would like your help to do this, in association with Wood Street Mission.
If you are not familiar with Wood Street Mission, they are a children’s charity that support families living in Manchester and Salford that are affected by poverty. They help alleviate the effects of poverty on local children and their families through practical help and services.
They provide everyday items to families that many of us take for granted and help ensure that children engage in education and develop their learning skills so they may live an independent life in their adulthood.
This morning saw 54 families come through our door for food, clothing and other essentials. Our volunteers work tirelessly to help them and once our door is closed they’re busy restocking the shelves! What a team 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/tFjiQXlccY
— Wood Street Mission (@WoodSt_Mission) November 21, 2017
Wood Street Mission’s vision is that all children in Manchester and Salford should live a life free from poverty and we want to do our bit to help make that vision a reality.
It’s really simple… whilst you’re doing the yearly Christmas shop for friends and family, add one, little extra gift to the bottom of your list. This could be a new toy, book, toiletries or new clothes suitable for children and young people up to 18 years old.
It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, in fact the suggested value for the presents is just £10 from Wood Street Mission. Remember, this charity helps all age groups of children, so please don’t forget the older kids as they too would like to wake up to a special surprise on Christmas morning.
Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we’re also looking for donations of non-perishable food suitable for families as well.
If you’re not quite sure what kinds of thing to donate, here’s a few ideas:
If you could also make sure that all food have an expiry date of no earlier than January 2018 that would be really helpful.
We are using our 11 offices as drop off points for presents and food, so feel free to pop into one of our local branches and drop off your Christmas goodies.
Not sure which branch is closest to you? Click here to see our list of offices.
We also have an additional drop off point at Arden Primary – Kids club in Bredbury for the Christmas Mission.
We appreciate that the festive period can be quite hectic, so if you’re not able to pop out to get a present then you can make a cash donation to our JustGiving page or text Text MELL78 £5 to 70070
Your kindness and generosity helps towards making a big difference in one of the children’s lives that this great charity helps.
All donations will be delivered to Wood Street Mission on the 15th December, so lets all get into the holiday spirit and embrace the gift of giving to make this Christmas a memorable one!