Donate a Christmas gift to Lewisham’s children in need with ‘The Giving Tree’

The Giving Tree in Lewisham Shopping Centre. Pic: Umpf Ltd

‘The Giving Tree’ an initiative that provides Christmas gifts to 800 children in Lewisham is running for the sixth year in a row.

Lewisham Shopping Centre have partnered with Bank of Things and The Salvation Army to place ‘The Giving Tree’ in the shopping centre’s Central Square.

The tree is covered in 800 tags containing children’s names and a description to help buy a ‘thoughtful’ present for a child in one of the center’s stores, including books, toys, and craft packs.

Any member of the public can select a tag and donate a gift to a child in need, donations are being accepted up to December 31.

Paul Redden, Centre Director at Lewisham Shopping Centre, said: “The festive season is a time of togetherness and community, where everyone deserves to feel loved and cared for, which is why we’re focusing on giving back to those in need as we announce the return of The Giving Tree at Lewisham.

Lewisham Shopping Centre this festive season. Pic: Umpf Ltd

 “[The Giving Tree] has been a really successful method of giving in Lewisham for a long time, said Monteith, “Christmas is a time for people to reflect about giving.

“We know that our charity drives are always met with the upmost generosity from our guests, and we’re sure the thoughtful donations made will help make a real difference to those who need it most this Christmas.” 

Bank of Things coordinator Hanna Monteith said they have already started giving out gift bags to people between 11 and 25 years of age at the Young Lewisham Project and theYoung Women Hub.

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