YMCA Bournemouth launches Christmas gift campaign for supported housing residents

YMCA Bournemouth is appealing for the Dorset community to spread some Christmas cheer by giving a gift to those in need this festive period.

Their 17th ‘Prezzies for Rezzies’ campaign was launched 6th November, where they encourage members of the public to write Christmas cards and donate gifts for residents of their supported housing services.
Last year, 114 residents received a package of personal cards and presents from the public, including DVDS, toiletries, winter clothing, and chocolate.

Mark Inkpen, Chief Operations Officer at YMCA Bournemouth commented: “The festive period should be a time for everyone to feel loved and cared for but sadly, many of the individuals that YMCA Bournemouth support do not have any family or friends to call upon. This means that donations from our ‘Prezzies for Rezzies’ campaign are very often the only gifts they’ll receive at Christmas.

“It is part of our mission to make the festive period as enjoyable as possible for our supported housing residents by creating a package of personal gifts for each resident – everything from DVDs and art materials to winter clothing and gift vouchers. We’d love to see as many donations as possible, whether from an individual or organisation, so that we can spread the Christmas cheer even further this year.”

Accepted gifts include reusable cups, water bottles, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, food (no alcohol), sweets, stationery, art materials, calendars, diaries, colouring pencils, paints, adult colouring books, toiletries, gift sets, hair accessories, DVDs, games, shop vouchers, and puzzles.

YMCA Bournemouth kindly request that no gifts are wrapped, as they will create a special package from donations for each individual resident.

Collection points are located across Dorset at The Junction Centre in Broadstone, Delta House on Westover Road, and Pokesdown and Southbourne Children’s centre.

To find out more and donate, visit https://www.ymcabournemouth.org.uk/housing/prezzies-for-rezzies/

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