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Christmas for all appeal

Christmas For All Appeal

The Christmas for All appeal is an initiative aimed at helping people during the festive season who may be struggling for food, warm clothing, toiletries and more. It's in the form of a "reverse advent calendar" in which these goods are collected during the month of December at Station House Media Unit, then delivered to Cfine for distribution in time for Christmas.

The first of our Christmas for All Appeal's was launched in December 2021, but the idea for it was suggested in 2019 but not acted on as we didn't have enough time to implement it. The plan was to start it in December 2020, but unfortunately the Pandemic hit, and we had to put it on hold.

We returned to the building and although there were limited staff and volunteers given access we decided to go ahead. The plan was to set up a box in the building and invite anyone who was coming in to put whatever they could into it. In the end we were overwhelmed with the response from all including listeners to shmuFM who took bags of items down and left them at the door for us to pick up. We managed to fill ten boxes of items and the week before Christmas, the Breakfast Show presenters, Dave, Tim, Sandy G and Sandy S, all dressed in festive garb and delivered them to Cfine, where they were gratefully received.

With Covid restrictions lifted we decided that this should be an annual event and in 2022 we managed to surpass our 2021 totals by collecting 12 boxes and again delivered them to Cfine.

It was quite a humbling experience as when we went down to Cfine there was a lot of bare shelves, and it made us glad that we could help in a little way to make peoples Christmas just a little bit better.

I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart all the volunteers, staff, visitors and listeners who contributed to this, it's a phenomenal response and certainly put smiles on people's faces.

 

Dave Ironside

 

 

 

 

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