Disadvantaged children were given a special gift this Christmas thanks to the donations of generous supermarket customers.
Tesco in Bourne held a collection for the Home-Start charity during December. The store asked customers to donate a toy as a gift to a youngster.
The toys were collected before Christmas and were handed out to disadvantaged children at Home-Start’s Christmas party.
The Salvation Army in Bourne encouraged people to add an extra Christmas present to their shopping lists to give to a family struggling to make ends meet this year.
The church was overwhelmed with presents, and is now appealing for anyone who is struggling themselves or knows someone in need to come forward and receive a donation.
Captain Kevin Brown said: “It’s my first year but I’m led to believe it is the most we have had.
“Some gifts have gone out. And we also need people in need to get in touch with us.
“People aren’t often very forthcoming. But we have got toys available for people who genuinely need them.
“People can also put others forward in full confidence.”
To get in touch with the Salvation Army call Capt Brown on 01778 393459.
The Co-operative Travel in Abbey Road, Bourne, also held a Christmas toys appeal to bring festive cheer to families in the area. The travel shop asked customers and friends to help fill Santa’s suitcase with gifts for pregnant women and babies.