Norfolk charity appeals for Christmas gift boxes

The Benjamin Foundation launces its Christmas appeal which aims at helping homeless young people. Photo: Supplied The Benjamin Foundation launces its Christmas appeal which aims at helping homeless young people. Photo: Supplied

Thursday, December 5, 2013
9:43 AM

A Norfolk charity is asking for people to help spread goodwill this festive season by extending their Christmas gift list to include a child or young person in need.

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The Benjamin Foundation is appealing for donations of either a stocking filler or a shoe box of small treats, which they will then give to a child or young person in Norfolk.

Diana Clarke, chairman of the charity’s board of trustees, said: “Christmas should be a joyous occasion, but for many children, young people and families things are very different.

“We work with a range of people who are facing either a tough time or a crisis.

“From parents dealing with the harsh reality of having to choose whether to buy food or heat their home, through to young people who sadly don’t have a safe place to live.

“Christmas can be a lonely and desperate time of year for many people.

Many of the people we work with have difficult family
relationships. It means that on Christmas Day they may receive few, if any, presents.

“Our annual shoe box appeal sets out to ensure that every person we support has at least one gift to unwrap on Christmas morning.”

The Benjamin Foundation has three target age groups for presents and has put together a list of gift ideas for people who would like to help.

Boys and girls – age 6-10: games, puzzles, crayons, notebooks, stickers, small books and sweets. Boys and girls – 11-15: gift vouchers, chocolates, sweets, books.

Young men – 16-25: toiletries, gift vouchers, chocolates, gloves, scarves, socks, books. Young women – 16-25: toiletries, gift vouchers, chocolates, gloves, scarves, socks, books, face packs, cosmetics, nail polish.

Boxes should total no more than £15 in value. Gifts and shoe boxes should be unwrapped so the charity can ensure each recipient gets an equal amount. No sharp items or alcohol should be included.

People should put their contact name, email address and phone number with the gift.

Donations can be dropped off until Friday, December 13 at: Dereham, The Benjamin Foundation Restore furniture store at 1a/b Rashes Green industrial estate, NR19 1JG (open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm); Holt, Restore furniture store at Unit 4B, Glaven Road, Hempstead Road industrial estate, NR25 6ES (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm); Norwich, Restore furniture store at 103 Oak St, NR3 3BP (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm); Norwich, Virgin Money Lounge, 10 Castle Street, NR2 1PD (Mon, Wed-
Sat 9am-5.30pm, Tues 9.30am
- 5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm); North Walsham, office at King’s Arms Loke, NR28 9FE.

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