Annual Christmas Present appeal The Parish Council is happy to support the County Council with this appeal. If any residents wish to donate gifts, these are always very much appreciated by the children, and can be dropped off to 9 Warwick Road, Pitstone. By providing a local drop off point, we hope to encourage more residents to provide a gift for a child in care, and to limit environmental impact by reducing the number of vehicle movements into Aylesbury. Your gifts will be stored off site and regularly collected by the local County Councillors to ensure that they reach the children in good time for Christmas. The annual appeal, now in its fifth year, sees County Council employees, county councillors and members of the public, donate Christmas presents throughout November and December for disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people across the county. The presents will be handed over to children and young people by members of the council’s Children’s Services teams in time for Christmas. Tolis Vouyioukas, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said: “Our employees are fantastic, caring people and for the last few years they’ve really committed to supporting our appeal by donating many hundreds, if not thousands, of presents. “We are thrilled to be running the collection again this year as we know how much all our staff want to help make Christmas that little bit better for children who otherwise might not receive much. I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to every member of staff who brings in a present; it will make a real and tangible difference to the disadvantaged families we work with. “Supporting us with the appeal again this year are a number of local residents, community organisations and businesses who together provide a lot of support, for which we are very grateful.” Donation guidelines: We would welcome gifts for children aged from babies to 19 years old, male or female There are more disadvantaged children in the 10 – 16 age range than any other – so we do need most gifts for that age range We ask that you leave the gift unwrapped so that we know what gender and age the present is for Thank you to all the Pitstone residents that support this initiative.