People have been urged to get into the festive spirit and support a range of charity appeals during the Christmas holidays.
Several fundraising groups hope people will be generous this year and support a variety of good causes.
The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s has once again launched its Christmas Tree Appeal. Businesses, schools and other organisations have put up trees covered in Christmas tags. These carry the gender and age of a child. People are asked to take a tag, buy a present worth £5 to £10 and return it under the tree.
The gifts will then be to groups such as Stamford Homestart to give out on Christmas Day.
Rotarian Liz Putterill said: “There are families that will have to rely on our local food banks this year for their Christmas dinner and it’s these and many more that the Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s help through their annual Christmas Tree Appeal.”
The Salvation Army in Bourne launched its annual Christmas Present Appeal this week, with the help of the town mayor Bob Russell.
The appeal asks people to add an extra present to their shopping list so families struggling to buy gifts can have a surprise under their Christmas tree this year.
People can give a new toy for a child or a gift for an adult to Sally Anne’s charity shop in West Street from now until December 15.
The Co-operative Travel in Abbey Road, Bourne has launched its annual Christmas Toys Appeal to bring festive cheer to families in the area.
Manager, Sarah Mantle said: “We’re asking our customers and friends to help us fill Santa’s suitcase with gift items for pregnant women and bables in the area.
All of the gifts will be donated to children supported by the NCT Stamford.
Baby toys, nappies, blankets and books will be accepted until 5pm on December 13.
And Bourne resident Pat Graham has relaunched his parcels for the troops appeal. Pat sent more than 900 parcels to the armed forces in Afghanistan, and has now switched his focus to those stationed in Iraq.
Pat, who used to work in the RAF for air crew survival, has asked for things to eat, for personal hygiene, and anything the troops can use for recreation, such as board games.
Items can be dropped in a collection box at Spice of Life in the Burghley Centre, or at Pat’s home address, 8 Rowan Way.