1,850 children will now receive a present (or two) on Christmas day thanks to the generosity and support of everyone involved in this year’s Give a Gift project.
The project, launched in partnership with intu Lakeside on Tuesday 21 November closed the shops shutters for the final day last week (Tuesday 12 December).
In three short weeks thousands of presents have been donated, £7,500 has been raised for vulnerable children and volunteers spoke to 15 people interested in becoming a foster carer for Thurrock.
Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for children’s services said: “The project was simply brilliant.
“Each child who we believed may not receive a gift this year was allocated two stars, one red and one gold. The gold star was for a £10 donation to the local charity ‘GiFT – Giving for Thurrock’ and the red stars were for a present.
“Fostering enquiries are up 36% compared to the same time last year – we still need many, many more but this is a great way to end 2017.
“One of the biggest contributions was from the volunteers – more than 6,000 hours were donated by elected members, foster carers, council officers and local organisations to help run the project – either at the shop, wrapping or delivering.
“We have all been overwhelmed by the support received and I must thank everybody who had a hand in making it the success it was.”
Find out about donating at thurrock.gov.uk/giveagift
TIf you're interested in becoming a foster carer, please go to thurrock.gov.uk/fostering