With the festive season fast approaching it is important that we turn our thoughts to those less fortunate than ourselves. This is exactly what the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George has done since it was launched in 2013.
Every year for the past 7 years the Saint George Charity has raised funds to provide Christmas gift bags for underprivileged children from Manilva, Casares, and those attending the Social Kitchen run by Emaus in Estepona.
The children are identified by Social Services who provide a list of children by age and gender and the Charity purchases a selection of gifts, totalling some 10 to 15 euros per child, with the emphasis on gifts that will foster creativity, fun and education, and which are age and gender appropriate.
The gift bags are then delivered to Social Services and the Social Kitchen where the parents can collect them and give them to their children on Three Kings. This is very important as the charity feels that the only thing sadder than a child receiving no gifts at Christmas time is a parent being unable to give a gift!
The number of children varies from 350 to 500, but this year, with the current situation, we are anticipating that this number will be much higher once we receive the final figures, and it is a mammoth task to raise funds, purchase the gifts, and put together the gift bags, but the Saint George Charity’s volunteers have it down to a well-honed operation.
If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause then please drop in to any of the Saint George Shops in Calle Duquesa de Arcos (opposite O’Callaghans) and in Plaza de las Naranjas, Sabinillas, or under the Aparthotel Autosole, Avenida Marqués del Duero 9, Cancelada, Estepona, The Rose & Thistle in Duquesa Port or you can donate online here: www.gofundme.com/f/StGeorgexmas2020