Margate Old Town shop owner Deb Ellis is collecting for her annual Christmas Eve box appeal.
The Madam Popoff store boss will be providing 25 boxes for struggling families in Thanet and is also throwing a Christmas party on December 19 with Santa, DJ and children’s entertainer.
She is appealing for donations to make this year the most successful yet.
Deb said: “I really want to make this year’s Christmas Eve Box even better than last year. I am also holding a party and need donations of table decorations and money towards food and entertainment and also for a present from Santa for the children.
“It might be the only one they actually get this year so I’m asking people to please help.”
Deb is also hoping for donations of 25 Christmas blankets, 25 boxes of Quality Street, 25 boxes of mince pies, 25 Christmas story books, 25 Christmas themed bubble baths and hand wash and Christmas mugs for adults and sippy cups for small children.
There are two appeal links, one on GoFundMe with a £5000 target and a wishlist on Amazon.
On her GoFundMe page Deb says: “To me, Christmas Eve has always been a little bit magical, and it’s not fair that some kids have to go without because of poverty..especially in this day and age! I want these famies to have a lovely evening with new pyjamas for the kids, hot chocolate in Xmas Mugs, a nice Christmas smelling candle, Christmas Activity books and colouring in, reindeer food and as many treats that I can raise money for!
“I brought my son up alone, yet I was lucky I had a council place and didn’t have to worry about being homeless or that my son would go without presents but loads of families really are struggling. Thanet has one of the highest rates of poverty) and its not the kids fault that they have to have a rubbish Christmas!”