Help us to brighten a vulnerable child’s Christmas
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Christmas is a time for giving and Essex Police wants to brighten Christmas for vulnerable children who may otherwise receive little or nothing.
And we are appealing to our communities to help us make this happen by donating small gifts which we can pass on to those who will benefit the most.
Whether you want to shop online and send in your gift or bring an unwrapped present to one of our police stations, we hope we’ve made it easy for you to take part.
Last year we received more than 10,000 presents in just over a fortnight.
“Our communities are always so generous with their donations to our appeal. However, we appreciate that times are tough again this year and not everyone is able to spare the cash. “But if you are able to donate, please know that we really do appreciate each and every present we are given to pass on to some of the most vulnerable children in our county. In many cases, your present will be the only gift they receive this Christmas. “We work with colleagues in our Children & Young People and Child Abuse Investigation teams plus Children Social Care and other local organisations partners in each district to identify those children who will most benefit from your generosity on Christmas Day. “We’ve been running this appeal for the past few years and the kindness of our communities never fails to astound us. “We will be taking donations at our police stations between 9am and 5pm if you want to deliver in person but some of our districts have also created ‘wish lists’ if you prefer to shop online.” Inspector Kelly Thurston
Here’s how you can help
Buy your gift and deliver it to one of our police stations. Remember it must be unwrapped and suitable for a child from newborn up to the age of 17.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept second-hand presents and all donations must be unwrapped.
But, if you want to donate wrapping paper for our officers and staff to wrap your present, that would be welcome, too.
Or you can order online and get your present delivered straight to your local police officers.
For details of your district’s Christmas activities, check out the list below and click on the link to visit their Facebook page, which will have details of their local appeal, plus their deadline. Some have launched already, some will launch later this month.
Other districts, such as Chelmsford and Maldon, don’t need to run appeals because of the amazing generosity of their residents last year. This means they have enough presents left over from 2021 to distribute and are working with partners to ensure they are delivered to vulnerable children in their area in time for Christmas.
As well as checking out your local Essex Police district facebook page, you can also get regular updates about the work our officers and staff do, day in and day out across Essex, to help people, keep you safe and catch criminals, by signing up to receive our weekly newsletter, Dispatch.