Fes­tive gifts rolling in for Mr X Ap­peal

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS - LIZ PERKINS @lizperkin­spost • 01792 545551 eliz­a­beth.perkins@me­di­awales.co.uk

GIFTS have al­ready started rolling in for the Mr X Ap­peal.

The fes­tive ap­peal, which is now in its 59th year, helps to trans­form the lives of young­sters in need ev­ery year.

Last year, more than 5,000 lo­cal chil­dren were given gifts across South West Wales thanks to Mr X.

Calls about the ap­peal started as early as July, with peo­ple ask­ing or­gan­is­ers if it would be run­ning again and if they could have names for a boy or girl to buy for.

One of the or­gan­is­ers be­hind the Mr X Ap­peal said: “I’ve even had a call from two of the col­lec­tion points at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber telling me the presents have started to ar­rive. The Mr X team is up and run­ning, with names from the child care agen­cies pour­ing in.

“We are mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is in place and ready for an­other suc­cess­ful year.”

Sup­port­ers are in­vited to buy what they can af­ford for the chil­dren, in­clud­ing new toys, books and games, and then take them to one of the dropoff points at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber.

There is also the chance for peo­ple to be­come the Mr X or Mrs X of their work­place and or­gan­ise do­na­tions from their col­leagues. They will be is­sued with a list from the ap­peal, which con­tains the chil­dren’s fore­names, ref­er­ence num­bers, ages, and whether they are boy or girl. Fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als, col­leagues, schools and busi­nesses all play a part in the ap­peal from across South West Wales.

The names are given through child sup­port agen­cies work­ing in dif­fer­ent coun­cil ar­eas, in­clud­ing Swansea, Car­marthen­shire and Neath Port Tal­bot.

Un­wrapped presents should be placed in Christ­mas bags with a child’s name and ref­er­ence num­ber on the out­side, mak­ing it per­sonal to that child. ■ Call the Mr X team on 01792 863400, 01792 846271, 01792 523885, 07974 689383 or 07982 243402 or visit the Face­book page, where some busi­nesses have put up Christ­mas trees with chil­dren’s names on for peo­ple to choose a child.

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