One woman’s mission to save Christmas and ‘bring back magic’ for struggling families

Joanna Wallis wants to bring some Christmas cheer to those struggling this year (Image: Joanna Wallis)

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A woman has vowed to save Christmas for struggling families in her community.

Joanna Wallis, from Grimsby, has set up Christmas for the Community on Facebook, accepting donations of toys, books and clothes for families in North East Lincolnshire who might otherwise go without gifts this festive season.

Her plan is to wrap them and donate the presents to people in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, the Grimsby Telegraph reports.

Joanna has received more than 1,000 “amazing” donations from community members and businesses so far – and hopes to get even more in the run up to Christmas.

Donations include toys, books and clothing as well as sweets, chocolates, and hygiene items.

Joanna told the Grimsby Telegraph: “I set the group up because I knew there would be so many families this year really struggling for presents.

Joanna hopes donations will keep coming in as the festive season approaches
(Image: Joanna Wallis)

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“It broke my heart to think there would be children sat there with nothing on Christmas Day, when my own children would be opening presents and excited – I wanted to give that to other children.”

Joanna has already donated the second-hand items to the We Are One Foundation so people can start to use them now rather than waiting another month.

“The response has been absolutely amazing and I cannot thank them all enough,” said Joanna.

“I have had women’s clothes, men’s clothes, children’s clothes, children’s toys, sweets, teddies, perfume sets – amazing gifts.

“I am really looking for hats, scarfs, gloves and small toys for children to enjoy on Christmas Day.

I just want children to remember there are people out there that really do care about them.”

Joanna plans to make Christmas donations to the We Are One Foundation, the West March Community Centre and Social Services.

She added: “I wanted to bring back the magic of Christmas and show my love and support to all the families that really do need it more than ever this year.”

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