Our focus for December turned to our annual Christmas Gift Drive! This year, an incredible 946 gifts were donated through CMPP partner employees, equitable to an estimated value of £14,190! Gifts donated included toys, books, sweets, games, toiletries, pjs, vouchers and so much more - the list was literally endless!
Word of the CMPP Gift Drive reached as far as Scotland this year, with community-minded Roy Vesty donating a range of Disney toys and cushions to the drive. Mr Vesty was also kind enough to make a financial donation to the partnership, enabling CMPP to purchase more gifts for young people in need.
Mr Vesty commented: “Mickey, Donald, Pluto and Co are looking forward to their adventure down South which should start this Saturday, so hopefully in time for your distribution deadlines”.
Christine Eustace, Project Manager for CMPP describes the results. “Contributions arrived by the sack load from employees of Capquest, Farnborough International, BMW, Rushmoor Borough Council, The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Farnborough Business Park, TAG Farnborough Airport, Fluor, Village Hotel, Aviator Hotel, UKCloud and FDR Promotions. Students from Fernhill School also donated some brand new books, purchased with funds raised from a second hand book sale. Local company Outbound also heard about the event and contributed masses to the collection.”
The kind-hearted and generous employees from a number of local businesses working together through CMPP have helped to benefit local organisations/groups and 946 individuals in need this Christmas. Sorting through nearly 1,000 presents and distributing them around the local area proved to be a challenge fit for only the most dedicated elves; to the rescue of the CMPP team came Gina Finn from BMW, Charlotte Dunlop from TAG Farnborough Airport, Anna Moore and Nikki Thatcher from Aviator, Chloe Fisher from Outbound, Danielle Enderson from Village Hotel Farnborough and Kath O’Rourke from Rushmoor Borough Council.
Over the course of 4 days, the presents were sorted and given to local organisations to distribute to the individuals they know are most in need, including Creating Futures, Church of the Good Shepherd, Step by Step, The Source For You, Women's Refuge, Vivid, Shooting Star Chase Hospice, Naomi House and Jacksplace, Frimley Park Hospital, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, Home-Start Rushmoor and the Prospect Friday Night Youth Club.
Jenna Grant, CMPP Project Coordinator and Operations Manager, said: “What a brilliant year for generosity! I think all of us in the office have been truly overwhelmed to see the volume of presents donated from caring local partners and other companies again this year. None of the photos are able to represent just how many presents there were. We cannot thank our partners and other companies and individuals who have donated enough, it’s been absolutely magical to share the joy of Christmas with children and young adults who need it most this year!”
Comments from beneficiaries of the CMPP Gift Drive:
“Thank you for my gift. I really love it, thank you very much!” - Girl, Age 7
“WOW!!! What a lot of presents. Thank you so much to you all, they are all so wonderfully wrapped and labelled. These will be distributed to our families.” - Vivid Homes
“Thank you so much for spreading Christmas joy by bringing in the wonderful gifts for our children.” - Alexander Devine Hospice
“Thanks so much for all the amazing gifts. I haven't seen them all opened but the ones I have seen have been amazingly generous and very thoughtful. Our children and young people are overwhelmed and extremely grateful.” - Creating Futures
“Thank you so much for all the amazing presents. You have been so generous. Please pass on our thanks to all involved and wish everyone a wonderful festive celebration.” - Shooting Star Chase
Thank you to all our partners, associates and local community members who got involved!