Kidderminster-based UKIP MEP James Carver is backing the Shuttle Gift Appeal by opening his offices as a donation point.
Members of the public who buy Christmas presents for the newspaper's appeal, run in partnership with Home-Start Wyre Forest, can drop them off at the offices in Lisle Avenue, Mondays to Fridays, between 9am and 5pm.
Mr Carver said he was delighted to get involved in the appeal, now in its 13th year, which enables presents to be delivered to every child in receipt of support from the charity across the district.
After making his own contribution he said: “At this special time of the year, it is important to acknowledge that life is not that easy for many families and to do something to help ease the pressures, bring some festive joy and let them know that people care about them.”
Donated gifts for youngsters aged from 0 to 18 must be new and unwrapped and can be taken to Mr Carver’s offices, until Tuesday December 12, after which Home-Start staff and volunteers will wrap and distribute them in time for Christmas.
Home-Start manager Belinda Darby said: “We are most grateful to Mr Carver for offering his offices as a donation point. Every year we are amazed by the support we get for the appeal and at the quality and quantity of the gifts donated.
“It means so much to the families we support who are facing very challenging times and, of course, the children love opening their surprise presents.”