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Christmas gifts for care leavers

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Borough residents are urged 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 400 presents donated to 350 young people.

The council hopes to build on the success of last year 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 -

Donations can also be made for children and young people who are still in the care system.

Gifts can include confectionary, perfume, toiletries and clothing.

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 and community, we do all we can to support our looked after children, and like any parent we hope to see them grow and flourish into adulthood.
But these young people often don’t have the support networks around them that many other children take for granted, which is why this gift appeal is so poignant, as Christmas is such a special time for so many but equally can feel very isolating for others.
We were overwhelmed with people’s generosity last year and the young people who received the gifts were incredibly grateful, for many it may have been the only gift they received.
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 a wonderful initiative to support our Child Friendly Dudley campaign, which is about bringing our communities together to create the best possible borough for our children and young people.

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