Make someone’s Christmas special

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Each year, big hearted employees at Epping Forest District Council collect Christmas gifts for mums and their children living in refuges across Essex over Christmas and for the first time, we’re inviting residents to take part too!

We’re asking you to bring your unwrapped gifts to the Council Offices in Epping before midday on 14 December.

This year’s collection kicked off on Monday 26 November and was championed by Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, he said: “Please get involved this year and make someone’s Christmas special. Gifts must be unwrapped and suitable for women, and children aged 0-16. Please leave gifts in main reception of the Council Offices in Epping and don’t worry – they will be beautifully wrapped ready for delivery to refuges in time for Christmas!

“Please make sure your gift is new and isn’t sharp, broken, faith-based or toy weapons such as guns or swords.”

The deadline for accepting gifts is midday on 14 December.

J9 at Christmas Tree Festival in Epping

Councillor Bassett continued: “This year to further promote our support of the J9 initiative – which raises awareness and increases knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse – we are decorating a Christmas tree in pink as part of the Christmas Tree Festival taking place at St John’s Church, Epping between 7 and 10 December.

“So pop along and see the trees and to find out more about J9 and how you can help to support victims of domestic abuse visit: or donate a gift and make a child’s Christmas special.”