Grotto to help make wishes come true

Sunderland Echo - - News -

A winter won­der­land is hop­ing to help peo­ple in need.

Santa’s Wish has opened in a shop in the up­stairs part of Cas­tle Dene Shop­ping cen­tre for fam­i­lies to visit. The store has been decked out like a Santa’s grotto with lots of trees, dec­o­ra­tions and lights, also play­ing Christ­mas mu­sic.

But, in­stead of pay­ing to see Santa, peo­ple are asked to leave a gift do­na­tion with him so they can be dis­trib­uted to those in need this Christ­mas.

Do­na­tions can be a range of things, from food to new toys, toi­letries, new cloth­ing, pet food and items, and event cash gifts. Ev­ery lit­tle bit will help some­one less for­tu­nate this Christ­mas.

The or­gan­is­ers also have a Santa’s post box in­side Santa’s Wish, where peo­ple can made a do­na­tion and write a mes­sage on a Christ­mas bauble then put it on one of the lovely real Christ­mas trees.

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