Wood Street Mission has launched a Christmas appeal for gifts for children living in Salford and Manchester.
Since it was founded in 1869 the charity, that aims to provide support to low income families across the region, has always managed to fulfill their aim of ensuring local children do not wake up with nothing to open on Christmas day.
Covid-19 has presented new challenges for Wood Street Mission as social-distancing guidelines and limited space in the charity’s home has meant they do not have the capacity to house the amount of donations needed to make their appeal possible.
After a social media plea, the Great Northern Warehouse offered to act as a local drop off point for gifts that have been donated.
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Des Lynch, manager at Wood Street Mission said: “It’s a great pleasure to be working alongside the team at Great Northern Warehouse.
“For such an iconic Manchester venue to be able to help and enable our Christmas project to go ahead is incredible.
“Because of the current situation and the social distancing measures in place, it would have been impossible for us to have delivered our Christmas project to the number of families that require assistance.
“This year more than ever, struggling families need our help and through our partnership with Great Northern we aim to make this Christmas, a special time, for as many local children as we possibly can.”
Mark Schofiled, Centre Director at Great Northern Warehouse said their team would be doing as much as possible to bring happiness to children in Salford and Manchester during a difficult time.
To find out how you can donate visit the Wood Street Mission website here.