Community spirit is certainly still alive and kicking in Hoyland Common this Christmas!
As you have probably seen from our previous posts we decided this year to ask parents to refrain from buying presents for our staff team. We are all very aware of the financial pressure Christmas adds to family life and felt we wanted to ease the pressure wherever would could, even if it was just one less present to buy, wrap and deliver.
We did say that if families want to bring something in then to bring some donations in for the local Salvation Army. We chose the Salvation Army because throughout 2014 they have been a fantastic source of support for our Family Support and Outreach team. They have provided countless food parcels for families who didn’t have enough to get by, they have provided money for gas and electricity credit, Christmas presents, paint for a family with bare walls, cot mattresses, bed quilts and pillows to name a few of their kind contributions. And all these has been for families with children under the age of 5 who live in the Hoyland Common, Birdwell, Tankersley and Pilley areas.
We have been overwhelmed by the response from our local community for our request. We have had endless donations of food, clothes, shoes and toys. People have purposely purchased items especially to donate. Such amazing people!
On Friday Hoyland Common Primary School donated 30 carrier bags full of unopened food that was left over from donations by parents for their children’s Christmas parties, along with uncollected hampers from their Christmas raffle – the Salvation Army were overcome with gratitude.
Today a business man (from Olleco, Wakefield) who lives in the local area, came, along with his family, to donate everything needed to make a Christmas dinner. This has now been delivered to a family with 3 children who up until this afternoon did not have anything, they were in utter shock when Becky dropped it off for them. This gift has most definitely made their Christmas.
And finally the Salvation Army has just dropped off 30 Christmas presents, all brand new items, beautifully wrapped and labelled with age and gender for us to give our to local children in need.
We never expect such a fantastic response and we estimate that your support will have helped over 40 local families to have a more comfortable Christmas.
What can we say – THANK YOU!
We are proud to be in a community that has such kind, community Christmas spirit.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Hoyland Common Children’s Centre.