SPONSORS, councillors, volunteers and foster carers have launched Give a Gift 2017 at a ribbon cutting ceremony this week (Tuesday 21 November).
Cllr Sue Little, cabinet member responsible for children’s social care, cut the ribbon and thanked all those who have made Give a Gift possible.
The Give a Gift project is a simple idea where people are asked to donate a present to a local child who is unlikely to receive a gift on Christmas morning.
Speaking after, Cllr Little said: “A huge number of businesses – some very big and some quite small – have come together to make this possible. I hope everyone visits the store near House of Fraser on the second floor, picks a star and donates a present to a local child who may not get another present this year.
“intu Lakeside have gone above and beyond again by allowing us to have a shop unit, such a generous offer during a retailers peak period of Christmas. HW Wilson, a local building business got us fit and ready with tidy walls and working lights.
The 10ft tree donated by ‘Your DIY Centre’ in Corringham looks fantastic with all the stars on it – along with the generous decorations provided by Next Home, Tesco Extra, The Range and Dunelm.
“Essex-based Linton Hoarding Solutions agreed to remove the hoarding and put it back up after we leave saving the project thousands of pounds!
“Some local businesses have also pledged significant amounts of money corporately and from staff charity raising initiatives which we hope to talk more about during the coming weeks.
“Printwarehouse joined a volunteer team from the council who – in between their usual work hours arrived at the shopping centre at 10pm on the eve of the opening and worked through the night to ensure the shop was up and ready in time for its grand opening.”
To find out about donating or volunteering to help out at the tree, go to thurrock.gov.uk/giveagift
To find out about fostering a Thurrock child, go to thurrock.gov.uk/fostering