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Church takes nominations for Christmas gift campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:02 02 November 2018

Christmas Present. Photo by Pexels/Tookapic

Christmas Present. Photo by Pexels/Tookapic

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A church is asking for nominations for people in the community who may appreciate a surprise gift this Christmas.

Hope Church, who meet in Diss and Harleston, are running a Love Gives campaign this festive season for the second year running, with the simple aim of blessing those in the area who most need it.

Anyone can nominate a friend, family member or someone else they feel is really deserving of a special gift this Christmas. They may have been through a tough time emotionally or physically or simply find this time of year difficult; all the church needs to know is that they have been nominated for a valid reason and they could be the recipient of a lovely surprise.

Church leader Graham Blake said: “We ran this initiative for the first time last year and we were overwhelmed at the response, both from those receiving the gifts but also those who wanted to help us by nominating deserving individuals.

“People were so keen to nominate and give funding and those receiving the gifts were absolutely over the moon. I remember one person saying they couldn’t believe someone had thought of them, and another person said it had made their Christmas, which just made it all worthwhile.”

Last year’s gifts included food hampers, toys and vouchers for restaurants or days out, and nominations included a family facing the loss of a loved one, a young child who had spent weeks in hospital and someone battling depression and anxiety after a relationship breakdown.

All nominations are anonymous and confidential. Nominations will be taken until November 30 and gifts will be delivered between December 21 and 23. People can also choose to donate funds to enable the church to buy more people gifts.

To nominate or donate visit www.wearehopechurchlovegives.net. Not everyone nominated will necessarily receive a gift.

“Christmas is obviously a very special time of year for us as Christians,” said Mr Blake, “but we know it can be a really difficult and lonely time for some people in our communities. We want to show those people that they are loved and valued and we hope that this year Love Gives will be a real blessing to those who most need it.”

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