THE POLISH Centre in Leamington is aiming to bring some Christmas cheer into the lives of Ukrainian children through its Aid for Ukraine appeal, as David Harrop explains.
AS a result of the war in Ukraine thousands of children are becoming orphaned, many of them seriously injured and arriving for care and accommodation at the Monastry run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in central Ukraine.
We have set up a website called Secret Santa for people to be able to donate a present to these children who otherwise would receive nothing this Christmas season
Although there is still a need for gifts, we just want to say a huge thank you so far to everyone who has been involved, giving their time and money freely to our project that is so needed and close to our hearts.
On behalf of the orphaned children in Ukraine, thank you to everyone for your generosity, your time and your love, including: The Leamington Observer for their media support, LKQ Euro Car Parts,JLR, Warwickshire County Council, Boden, Morrison’s Leamington, Windmill Hill Brewing Company, Warwickshire Gin and Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Limited.
The response to our Secret Santa website has been so overwhelming we have already found presents for the 650 children on the website www.belveder.co.uk However, there are many more injured, war orphaned children coming in to the monastery every day, making an ongoing need for Christmas gifts. For many this will be the only Christmas present they will receive, so please help us to give a little piece of Christmas to these war torn children.
Here is a list of the gifts we are particularly looking for, but we are happy to receive any other Christmas gifts that would bring some joy to these children spending their first Christmas without a home to go to, or parents to care for them. Thank you for your gifts of love.
2. Scooter- can be secondhand
5. Painting sets
6. Power banks – can be secondhand
7. Mobile phones – can be secondhand but without sim lock
All presents need to be delivered to our drop off points by December 8 to secure delivery for Christmas.
Army Surplus, Harbury Lane CV33 9SA open Monday – Saturday 9am to 4pm
Royal Priors Shopping Centre, Unit 20, Windmill Hill Brewing Company, Lower Mall, Warwick St, Leamington CV32 4XT. Open Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm
Visit www.belveder.co.uk for furher details.