Big-hearted students are pledging to make Christmas better for deprived youngsters in Blackpool.
Staff and young people from Blackpool and The Fylde College have been busy collecting gifts for Blackpool Council’s Give A Little campaign.
Natalie Smyth, 18, a first year BA (Hons) English Language, Literature and Writing student, said: “I lived in a hostel which my family ran when I was younger and my mum volunteers at a centre for vulnerable women and children, so I understand what a difference campaigns like Give a Little can make to people.
“I think it’s a really important campaign and it shows that people can come together and do great things.
“The fact people are willing to make sacrifices at this time of year, when money is tight and there are so many other things going on, shows a great sense of community.”
The campaign helps under-privileged children around the town to enjoy a happier Christmas by ensuring they receive a festive gift.
People are being asked to donate toys, books or new clothing to the campaign before Monday, December 9.
Coun Fred Jackson, who is leading the campaign, said: “We’ve had a great commitment from the college this year.
“It’s a real testament to the young people and staff who are there that they have made donations for more people to get a gift this Christmas.”
Meanwhile Blackpool Mayor Coun Eddie Collett received gifts for the campaign from councillors and visitors to the Mayor’s Parlour on Saturday.
Coun Christine Wright, who was among those making a donation, said: “It’s a brilliant idea and it’s going from strength to strength.
“People are really buying into it and I think it will be able to help even more children this year.”
People can donate at Municipal Buildings, Progress House, the City Learning Centre at Grange Park, the Enterprise Centre on Lytham Road, Solaris Centre, and The Gazette offices on Avroe Crescent.