薩默塞特社區項目發起第八次聖誕玩具呼籲

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薩默塞特社區項目發起第八次聖誕玩具呼籲

創始人吉爾-哈里森說,她預計 "由於生活費用危機,今年對禮物的需求會增加"。

這個項目的想法來自於一個朋友告訴哈里森女士,有兩個小女孩在收到一個鋁箔包裝的巧克力硬幣作為她們的第一份也是唯一一份聖誕禮物時非常興奮。

"哈里森女士說:"這讓我意識到,在我們的社區,有很多孩子沒有機會慶祝聖誕節。

在這個項目的七年中,她說在過去的一年中,有更多的人向這個項目尋求支持,包括陶頓的 "中產階級學校",他們通常不要求捐款。

"在2015年,我們送出了大約500份個人禮物。去年,我們向1500名兒童和年輕人發放了6000份禮物,"她補充說。

該項目有一個相對較小的團隊,有一個大約19人的核心團隊,幫助規劃,還有一個社區志願者團隊,幫助包裝禮物。

"他們會告訴我們,他們知道孩子們收到禮物後絕對很高興,家長們也非常感激。"

隨着聖誕節的到來,該團隊說他們將在接下來的幾個周末 "瘋狂地包裝"。


Founder Gill Harrison said she expects there will be an "increase in the need for gifts this year due to the cost of living crisis".

The idea for the project came after a friend told Ms Harrison about two young girls who were thrilled when they received a foil wrapped chocolate coin as their first and only Christmas present.

"That made me realise that there were a lot of children that weren't getting to celebrate Christmas in our community," Ms Harrison said.

Throughout the project's seven years, she said more people have been reaching out for the project's support this past year, including "middle class schools" in Taunton who don't usually request for donations.

"In 2015, we gave out about 500 individual gifts. Last year, we gave out 6,000 gifts to 1,500 children and young people," she added.

The project has a relatively small team, with a core team of around 19 people that help with planning and a community team of volunteers that help wrap gifts.

"They will tell us that they know the children are absolutely delighted by the gifts that they receive and the parents are extremely grateful."

With Christmas around the corner, the team said they will be "wrapping furiously" over the next few weekends.

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