Still time to help Giving Tree appeal
December 17, 2012
Presents to put a smile on the faces of needy children are piling up underneath Bracknell Forest Standard Giving Trees.
Many kind hearted Christmas shoppers and generous office staff have been busy buying an extra gift to go to an unknown child.
And families have one week left to buy a gift and return so it can be handed out before Christmas.
The Giving Trees went up in shops and businesses around the town three weeks ago, decorated with tags giving the details of a much-longed for gift.
Appeal co-ordinator Gill McKernan has been busy transporting gifts to a central collection point ready for distribution by charities next week. She said: “Once again I am delighted at how generous people have been.”
This year, the presents will go to vulnerable children and families who are helped by Barnardo’s Young Carers, Dingley Play Group, Transform Housing, Home-Start, ASD Family Help and Berkshire County Blind Society.
One of the firms taking part is online security firm Sourcefire, based at One Thames Valley in Bracknell.
Office manager Amy Money said: “We have already had one load of gifts collected and another batch will be going this week.
“It is always a nice thing to do. We have just raised £1,000 for Movember in the office and the minute that was over, I was telling everyone it was time for Christmas and the Giving Tree Appeal.”
Gifts must be returned to the tree where the tag was picked up by Wednesday.