We’d like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all our big-hearted residents who dropped Christmas gifts into the Civic Offices for mums and children in refuges across Essex.
Collecting gifts for families in refuges has been a tradition amongst Epping Forest District Council staff for many years, but this year we decided to open it up to residents to help bring a little Christmas cheer to those who find themselves in refuges over the festive season….and you didn’t disappoint.
We managed to collect many gifts including books, toys and toiletries, which will be delivered in time for Christmas.
On Friday – Christmas Jumper Day – staff got into the festive spirit with music and mince pies while wrapping all the donated gifts, ready for distribution. They’d all paid £2 to wear their Christmas Jumpers to work, with the cash going to Save the Children.
“We’re so grateful to the local people who have supported our collection this year,” said Cllr Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Community and Partnerships.
“Christmas is a tough time for families in refuges and we’re glad to be able to spread a little Christmas joy on the big day.”