Council officers deliver the first load of Comfort and Joy donations
South Northamptonshire Council (SNC), Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership and the Daventry District Forum have combined to ask kind-hearted local residents to help spread some Christmas cheer by donating gifts to less fortunate families. They’re all promoting the annual “Comfort and Joy” campaign, which aims to deliver gifts and treats, as well as food, toiletries and other essential items to people staying in refuges after experiencing domestic abuse, and to vulnerable families who are struggling at Christmas.
Jane Carr, SNC’s executive director for operations, says:
“Many men, women and children who flee domestic abuse, do so quickly, often leaving most of their possessions behind. This means Christmas can be an especially difficult time for vulnerable children and adults.
"The parcel scheme hopes to spread a little festive cheer and ensure that local families who might otherwise receive nothing or very little, are given a gift this Christmas."
The Comfort and Joy” campaign is also intended to raise awareness of domestic abuse, incidents of which tend to increase over the Christmas period. Parcels for men, women and children as well as Christmas food parcels are being put together and a list of suggested donations can be found online here.
Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the following locations up to and including Tuesday December 17:
Every item donated will go directly to local people living in refuges as well as other vulnerable families in South Northamptonshire, Daventry District, and the wider county area this Christmas. The Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, which runs refuges across Northamptonshire, will once again be helping to distribute the parcels.
Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence is urged to call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service 24-hour helpline on 0300 0120154 or visit their website. People can also access support at Domestic Violence UK, a not-for-profit organisation which is trying to raise awareness of domestic and emotional abuse through its Love Doesn’t Hurt campaign at lovedoesnthurt.org.