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Christmas gift appeal for care leavers

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Borough residents are being invited to spread some festive cheer by donating Christmas gifts for young people leaving care.

Dudley Council ran a campaign last year, which saw more than 300 presents donated to 300 young people.

The council hopes to build on the success of previous years and provide care leavers across the borough with a hamper of Christmas gifts.

People can donate by buying products online off a wish list accessed here -https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3M52VDAXFP4YJ?ref_=wl_share

Gifts can include confectionery, perfume, toiletries and clothing. Donations can also be made for children and young people who are still in the care system.

When buying gifts, people are advised to choose the gift registry address on the delivery page, this allows the items to be delivered straight to the council, ready for distribution. Alternatively, they can hand gifts in at Stourbridge Family Centre.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people, said:

As a council, we do all we can to support our looked after children as they grow and flourish into adulthood.
However, many of these young people don’t have the support networks around them that many other children take for granted, which is why this gift appeal is so important. This may be the only gift some of these young people receive this Christmas.
We were overwhelmed with people’s generosity last year and the young people who received the gifts were incredibly grateful. If you can, please donate via our wish list, there are items from just £1. Every item donated will help to make someone’s Christmas more special.
This is further example of how, through the Child Friendly Dudley campaign, we can work with our communities to create the best possible borough for our children and young people.

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