For the third year running, The Christmas Tree Project invited East Villagers to show generosity and donate gifts to local children in need. This year again, the community at East Village, E20 joined together to donate almost 250 gifts to this year’s Christmas Tree Project. The appeal, launched by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, asks Londoners to donate a gift that will go to children aged 0-17 years in care homes, refuges and hospitals across London in time for Christmas.
In partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Police team and Newham Council, local East Village residents, staff, and retailers were invited to drop off a gift for the appeal to the Get Living London Welcome Office on Celebration Avenue.
Sarah Carruthers, Neighbourhood Engagement Manager for Get Living London at East Village said: ‘ We are so pleased to be able to work in partnership with the Met Police for the third year to support the Christmas Tree Project. With around 6500 residents now living at East Village, and 25 independent retailers, this is a great way for the whole community to come together in the spirit of giving, to support local children who may not receive a gift at Christmas’.
Sergeant Stuart Handley from the Safer Neighbourhood Police team at East Village said: ‘ We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of the local E20 community. These gifts make such a difference to the lives of the children and families who receive them and on behalf of the Met Police and Newham Council, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all who contributed to this year’s appeal’.
For anyone who would still like to donate to the appeal: