KIND-HEARTED Leythers can help a child suffering the pain of bereavement this Christmas after supermarket giant Sainsbury’s teamed up with a local charity.
The Sainsbury’s store in Leigh, on Parsonage Way, have chosen volunteer-run organisation Me 2 You to distribute the presents in their annual Donate a Gift scheme.
Shoppers take a gift tag from the tree inside the store with the age and gender of a child on it, find a suitable gift for them and leave it at the store for the supermarket to give out to deserving children.
Me 2 You will then pick up the gifts to distribute to children across Leigh and Wigan who are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Me 2 You volunteer Dave Stewart said: “It was a great surprise when Sainsbury’s asked us to get involved, and very exciting.
“We’ve supported about 65 children since we started in 2009, so it’s a chance to try and give children who’ve had a difficult time something to look forward to.
“We’ve not decided yet how we’re going to give out the gifts, but at the moment the children know nothing about it so we might make it a big surprise for them.
“If there’s any presents left over they will go to other deserving children through our links with Wigan Council and the hospitals.”
Me 2 You offer a comprehensive counselling and bereavement service for children, young people and their families who have lost someone close to them, with a home assessment service introducing them to a range of activities run by the charity.
These include residential camps where youngsters can meet other people the same age who are also experiencing grief, weekly meetings in small groups, and one-to-one counselling sessions.
Dave said: “It’s extremely rewarding work, and in the feedback we’ve had children who’ve been to the grief camps say they’ve got a tremendous amount out of it.”
As part of Donate a Gift, Me 2 You volunteers will also be doing bag packing at Sainsbury’s in Leigh on Monday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 21 from 4-8pm.