THERE are thousands of children across this area who would normally wake up on Christmas morning without a gift.
But now, The News is supporting Wave 105’s Mission Christmas toy appeal.
The scheme looks to deliver presents to those children in the south who wouldn’t normally receive a gift at Christmas.
Statistics show that there are roughly 17,000 children in poverty in our area.
Cash for Kids, the charity that runs the scheme, is asking people to donate new and unwrapped gifts for children of any age up to 18, to help make Christmas that little bit brighter for underprivileged young people.
Wave 105’s Cash for Kids charity manager Gloria Hill said: ‘This is the sixth year we’ve run our campaign, and each year the support has been overwhelming.
‘It is our hope to make this year the biggest ever.
‘As the statistics show, there are many underprivileged children in our region, so with Mission Christmas we hope to bring lots of smiles to local children.
‘They wouldn’t have a toy if we weren’t collecting and our listeners weren’t generous enough to give them to us.
‘We have social workers telling us when they deliver the toys, the parents just burst into tears.
‘They worry so much.
‘They feel like bad parents because they can’t afford to get anything for the kids.’
She added: ‘First and foremost it’s about feeding them and keeping them warm.
‘Even then some of them don’t manage that.’
Local places supported by the appeal include children from Redwood Park School in Cosham, The Elizabeth Foundation, YMCA Portsmouth, the Beacon Food Bank in Havant and Logos Community Church in Gosport.
Supporters of the campaign will be able to drop their gifts off at various Sainsbury’s stores across the area right up until Sunday, December 14.
Thomas Cook sites will also be acting as drop-off points.
You can also make a donation at The News offices at 1000 Lakeside.
Pickfords will then collect the toys from across the south, where local businesses will help log and sort the toys, before collection by other local charities.
Donations to the appeal can also be made over the phone by calling 01489 481050 or text WAVE to 70070 and donate £5.
For further information about the appeal,