Two Smethwick Community Centres are launching a Christmas Give a Gift Appeal in partnership with Your Trust Charity and are working to help make Christmas a special time of year for those who may be in need or lonely.

Christmas should be a magical time of year, a time shared with loved ones, family and friends, exchanging gifts and making memories. However for some people in Sandwell it will be spent alone, or it will be spent in care, and there will be no Christmas dinner or exchanging of gifts. St Albans Community Association and Dorothy Parkes Centre, two Smethwick based charities who between them provide quality, holistic, advice, guidance, support and a place of welcome and opportunity, at grass roots level, on a day-to-day basis, are working together to help make a difference this Christmas.

Tonia Flannagan, Chief Executive Officer at St Albans Community Association said:

“We had a tremendous response to this campaign last year and we want to make it even better this year.  The campaign last year had over 200 gifts donated which were distributed to those children who spent Christmas in hospital and to older people who do not have any family or receive gifts. Thank you to the generosity of local people and hope the community works together to make this year another success”.

The Centres are seeking support from local residents, schools, emergency services and businesses and asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present or a gift for an older person spending Christmas in care. Donations can be dropped in at both Centres and other donation points across Sandwell. Donations are to be made by Friday 6th December 2019 and then wrapped up by volunteers before being taken to Sandwell General Hospital and local care homes. For more details please call 0121 558 0018 / 0121 558 2998 or email [email protected]