A group of journalism students from the School of Arts and Media at Teesside University have raised £325, as they come to the end of their campaign to raise money and collect gifts for TFM’s Mission Christmas.
Without the help of TFM’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign, 40,000 underprivileged children in the North East would wake up without any Christmas presents on Christmas morning. Many families in the North East experience extremely challenging times, particularly over the Christmas period. This can be due to financial problems, alcohol and drug misuse, abuse, mental health problems or a range of other issues. Mission Christmas provides new unwrapped presents for children aged 0-18. Once the presents are collected from all the businesses and groups taking part, they are organised in the warehouses and sent to the social workers to help distribute.
The presents are given unwrapped as the social workers then provide the family with the presents to enable the parents to be involved in the wrapping of the gifts and really feel that they are part of it. These gifts can give an unbelievable boost to children and their parents during difficult times. The amount of work the Cash for Kids put into the campaign is incredible and it is only really on Christmas Day, when Kara Hatton and the team from TFM’s Cash for kids are able to contemplate the wonderful achievement they have made.
The students have been delighted to work with Cash for kids on this and are very proud of the money they have raised in just a couple of weeks.
The students raised the money in lots of different ways and produced their own promotional videos as part of the campaign. They also held a cake sale on the last day of graduation celebrations, where they sold cakes they had baked themselves and set up a Just Giving Page.
TFM’s Mission Christmas has lots of celebrity supporters including Ant and Dec, Len Goodman, Amanda Holden and Lorraine Kelly.
There is still time to donate. If you would like to help please donate via the Mission Christmas: Teesside University Just Giving Page.
For more information about how you can get involved, please see the Mission Christmas website:
Many gifts have been donated too and these will be collected this week and delivered to the families.