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Residents help spread festive cheer!

Posted on : 06 Dec 2017

Residents help spread festive cheer!
Leader of Council Cllr. Dave Poole and Cabinet Member for Social Services Cllr. Carl Cuss
Kind-hearted residents, schools and businesses have donated thousands of gifts for the Council’s annual gift appeal.

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s annual Operation Santa appeal has seen a staggering 2,500 gifts, selection boxes and vouchers donated for almost 800 children and young people.

The children on the list who will receive gifts from the appeal have been nominated by their social workers, and are not supported by any other appeal. Operation Santa was also able to support children associated with Llamau, Gofal, Homestart, Action for Children and Ty’r Fesen Homeless Centre thanks to the number of donations received.

The appeal, which opened to the public in November, already had a number of businesses signed up to take part and they helped collect a third of the pledged gifts, these include Creditsafe, DS Smith, Ecolab, General Dynamics and TSW Training. Gifts have also been donated by St Helens School and Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni.  

We also had a large financial contribution from Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Members, Plasyfelin Primary School, Boys of the Brad and Caerphilly County Borough Council staff.

But the giving doesn’t stop there, volunteers will give up their time to help sort the mountain of gifts into age categories and bagging them up in preparation for delivery to the children in time for Christmas.
In addition to the gifts, young adults who have recently left the care system and will be living independently this Christmas for the first time will receive a hamper containing food items and a few treats to enjoy over the festive period. Lewis School Pengam, Caerphilly-based business Dust and Things, Caerphilly Homes’ various contractors and CCBC staff worked tirelessly to put together impressive hampers for these young people.

Cabinet Member, responsible for Social Services, Cllr. Carl Cuss said, “It is truly heart-warming to see this mountain of gifts donated for this appeal. It never fails to amaze me how residents, businesses, schools and community organisations pull together and demonstrate such community spirit to help those in need. This annual appeal is vitally important as the children are not helped by any other appeal. I would like to extend my sincere thanks on behalf of everyone at Caerphilly County Borough Council to everyone who pledged a gift or made a donation, helping to make this appeal such a success.” 
 


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