THE RESPONSE to a Christmas toy appeal during the cost of living crisis underscores the tremendous generosity of the people of St Helens, the organizer said.
Clare Hockenhull’s toy appeal, which is run from a bocboc cafe in Eccleston, has become something of a Christmas tradition over the years to help families in need.
Although the project has grown each year, it was almost to be expected that donations would be lower this Christmas as people struggle with the rising cost of living.
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This was not the case, however, as Bocboc customers and local businesses donated gifts en masse, raising a whopping £4,308.
Clare, who opened Bocboc on Kiln Lane in 2010, said: “It’s incredible to think we’ve managed to raise more money than last year during a livelihood crisis and that just goes to show how generous the people of St Helens are are.
“It was really nice to see our customers and local businesses supporting the appeal and I’ve received so many messages of support.
“It takes a lot of effort to buy all the gifts, but it is worth helping others; I love doing that!”
This surpassed last year’s total and every cent of the donations has been spent on a variety of gifts to ensure no child is left without a gift this Christmas.
The gifts are now being sent to the Hope Center and St Helens Council, who will pass them on to families in need.
Clare added, “We have supported the Hope Center for a number of years because I know the amount of work they put into helping people in St. Helens.
“The list of families supporting them has grown and they need help now more than ever.
“I’m just lucky that I have this store and I can use its platform to get people to donate and help those who are struggling.”
https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/23194570.bocboc-coffee-shop-raise-4000-christmas-toy-appeal/?ref=rss Bocboc coffee shop raised more than £4,000 in Christmas toys