Middlesbrough College’s students and staff have created over forty cause hampers to help families in need this Christmas.
Selfless students and staff have donated food, toiletries, clothing and toys to ensure that local families who are living in poverty have the best Christmas possible.
The Middlesbrough cause Christmas hamper campaign was created over thirty years ago and is designed to support families who find themselves in difficult circumstances. The hampers are given to families who are identified as being in crisis by local schools and social workers.
Staff and students at Middlesbrough College were given the details of a local family and provided with a list of items to donate. Departments across the College gathered their items and created their hampers. The hampers were then taken to Middlesbrough Football Club where a team of volunteers helped to sort, wrap and deliver them to the local families.
Melissa Wilkinson, Head of Student Engagement organised the collection for the Christmas hampers at the College, she said: “I’m overwhelmed at the generosity from my colleagues and the students. I couldn’t have ever imagined that we would have received this many donations.
“These acts of kindness are inspiring. It is heart-warming to see that so many people are prepared to give to others, especially during these difficult times.
“The effects of poverty in our area mean that some children are going without food and presents on Christmas day, but, thanks to the efforts from the community at Middlesbrough College a lot of families in our region won’t suffer that hardship this Christmas.”