People across Harrogate are pulling together to spread some joy this festive season and the Harrogate Advertiser is urging readers to join in with the amazing work going on by backing our Give A Little Kindness campaign.
We will be highlighting the incredible efforts of charities, businesses, groups and individuals who are trying to make sure everyone has a reason to celebrate this festive season.
We will also let you know how you can get involved with their appeals, whether it be by putting some extra items in your shopping basket for a food hamper, or making an online donation.
While Christmas is a time for many to enjoy, there are those in this district who will struggle - they may be facing a festive time crippled by loneliness or the pressures of economic hardship.
The pandemic has put extra strain on so many this year, bringing extra financial, isolation and relationship strains and we want to help in any way we possibly can.
That’s why we are asking residents across the district to offer their support for those in need this Christmas and why we want to highlight all the incredible work from various charities, organisations and people who simply want to do something nice for others.
Mayor of Harrogate Borough Stuart Martin is urging people to get involved and support the campaign by spreading some cheer this Christmas.
He said: “I would encourage everybody to give whatever they can, no matter how small, to support the good causes we have here in Harrogate. I know times are hard for everybody but anything you can spare will make such a big difference.
“Time is even more valuable than money and even just checking in on someone can brighten their day and mean the world to them.”
One of the many wonderful things taking place in Harrogate during the season of goodwill is the Resurrected Bites Christmas Gifts Appeal.
The charity is matching people with families in need and asking for donations to fulfil their Christmas wishes.
Gifts are being provided for both children and adults, if they would like one, alongside wrapping paper and sellotape so parents and carers can wrap the childrens’ gifts themselves.
Michelle Hayes, who runs the service, said: “So far we have had an amazing response and have managed to get a lot of our families covered but we still have some we need to help.
“Even if we end up with more items than we currently have a need for, we will be donating these to various other charities and appeals so nothing will go to waste.”
The team launched the appeal as they did not want any child to be left without a present, particularly after such a turbulent and unusual year, and wanted to do something to boost the spirits of those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Michelle added: “Lots of people have been donating money and items and we are so grateful. It would be great if we could just get the final push and make sure there is something for everyone on the list.
“Only a few weeks ago we were running low on food, resources and volunteers so we asked for help and we have been given it in abundance - we have received so much support.
“We have been completely overwhelmed by how generous people have been... but they always are in Harrogate.”
The organisation will also be sending out special festive food hampers for people to enjoy over Christmas, as well as continuing its usual essential deliveries.
To get involved, email [email protected] or visit www.resurrectedbites.co.uk
Over the coming weeks, we will be speaking to those that are doing their bit this Christmas season, to find out what help they need to carry on the good work.
We are keen to hear from you if you know of any groups, businesses, or individuals who we should report on.
Email [email protected] and share your story.