Milton Keynes Council has received hundreds of donations to its 17 Children and Family Centres in the run up to Christmas. Thousands of pounds in financial support, food and gifts has been donated via the local community – businesses, organisations and individuals.
Hedgerows Family Centre in Netherfield has been dubbed this year’s ‘Hamper HQ’ where over 70 individual hampers have been created. These typically include basic food items as well as Christmas treats, selection boxes, toys for children and gifts for adults.
The hampers will be delivered to some of the hardest hit families across Milton Keynes over the next week. In total, more than 300 MK families will receive hampers or food and gifts.
The MK Christian Centre has donated over 100 brand new gifts for local children and young people – from costumes to Lego sets and popular board games. Supermarkets Asda and Morrison’s also donated trees to decorate the Children and Family Centres.
PG Solutions, The New Bradwell Co-op, MK Foodbank, Molly’s Pantry, Shammah International Ministries, Loughton School, St Bernadette’s School, Baby Basics, The Salvation Army, Queensway Methodist Church, Freemans Church, B&M, members of the public and council colleagues have also contributed to the Christmas hampers and gifts. One lady supplied 35 beautiful hampers made by her and 6 neighbours.
Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Yet again, the level of support from our community has gone well beyond what anyone could expect. We’ve faced another challenging year, and these hampers will make a real difference to some of our local families. I want to thank everyone who has been involved – from those working across our Children and Family Centres to the businesses, organisations and wonderful individuals who have been so generous.”