A FLINTSHIRE mum and daughter have been left "overwhelmed" at the response to an appeal for Christmas gifts for struggling families.

Danielle Burton and her mum, Sue, have been collecting toys and other items donated by kind members of the community which will be delivered to families living in the Buckley and Mold areas.

They were concerned that the impact of the cost of living crisis would mean some families would be struggling with the financial burden of Christmas.

A recent YouGov poll, commissioned by StepChange Debt Charity, revealed that one in three UK households with children will face difficulties affording Christmas this year. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​It is thought about one million people won't be celebrating Christmas at all because of the financial costs. 


Danielle took to the Buckley Residents Group on Facebook to make the appeal for donations. She has since been inundated with around 500 toys and other items - which are in the process of being delivered to families in need of support. 

The Leader: Some of th bags-full of items donated.Some of th bags-full of items donated. (Image: User generated content)

"To say I’m overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness is an understatement," Danielle said. 

"I wish to wholeheartedly thank all the lovely people of our community for coming together in the donations of toys, clothes and other items. They have made such a meaningful difference in the lives of those we have helped – thank you for your kindness and generosity.”

The Leader: Cuddly toys and other items have been packaged together to be delivered. Cuddly toys and other items have been packaged together to be delivered. (Image: User generated content)

She added: “Their donations show that they truly care and have shown the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for all your support. Words cannot express how much your donations mean to us.

"We’ve so far delivered to about 20 families and that’s been over the last five weeks. We’re still collecting and I’m still getting messages from people struggling. They all seem embarrassed however they shouldn’t be because it’s so expensive to eat and heat a house, let alone buy presents."