Christmas Community Giveaway volunteers assemble gift bags for families in need

Abi Chapman, founder of The Accessibility Project, has expressed gratitude at the generosity of the local community as they rallied round to bring its Christmas Community Giveaway to fruition:

"We are overwhelmed with the generosity, love, support and kindness this community has cultivated! The Accessibility Project is running a Christmas initiative which aims to provide gifts to 100 individuals in the Hurst Green area. The idea behind it is to come back to what Christmas represents: love, community, home, sharing and togetherness."

With the help of a steady stream of volunteers to the York Rooms at St John's Church, in Hurst Green, a stack of gift bags were filled with wrapped presents suitable for adults and children, all of which were donated by local organisations and residents, along with further financial donations. Adult recipients could find themselves opening winter accessories such as hats, scarves and gloves; personal care products like body wash, shampoo or bubble bath, or books, chocolates and biscuits. Children who receive a bag will find sweets, toys, games, hairbands, notebooks, crayons and more.

Volunteers at St John's Church

(Above: volunteers at St John's Church)

Abi with gift bags























(Above: Abi Chapman with the first completed gift bags)

Abi and her team did not just successfully reach their target, they smashed it: by the end of the day 217 gift bags had been completed. They will be handed out on 21 December at the Community Fridge in St Agatha's Hall.

Completed gift bags

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