Christmas Gift Appeal

If you’re a regular reader of the Costa Blanca People, you’ve probably already heard about the San José Obrero orphanage. The orphanage caters for around 60 children from the age of 5 to 18 housed in two residence units in Orihuela and Elche. There are also 24 children in a day facility who go home in the evening time as well as a temporary foster care facility. There is also transitional accommodation for older teenagers who do not have family support in order to help them cope with the evolution to adulthood and independence.
The orphanage is run by the church and most of the children both live and are educated there. In spite of this, the orphanage does not receive support from the state and is always looking for help from the public.
In the spirit of Christmas and ‘children helping children’, Willow International School is launching a Christmas Gift Appeal. They are asking students’ families and members of the public in general to add an extra item to their Christmas shopping lists this year. School Principal Amanda Riding told the Costa Blanca People “We buy so much at Christmas and many of us are lucky that we are able to purchase lovely gifts for our friends and loved ones. I’m asking our families and friends this year that perhaps when they are shopping for their family or heading out to buy their office Secret Santa that they add another special item to their Christmas lists – to buy a toy for a child in need.”
Amanda explained that the Gift Appeal will be advertised on TKOfm and in the Costa Blanca People throughout the festive season saying “We’ve had such wonderful support from the local media and I am very grateful to TKO and to the Costa Blanca People for publicising this for us. As a community, the expats have always been so supportive of charity appeals and I think everyone will agree that making sure these children have a special gift at Christmas time is a very worthy cause indeed.”

To support the Gift Appeal, all you need to do is to buy a gift, wrap it and drop if off at one of the drop off points (listed below). If you would like to buy a specific gift for a specific age group or gender, we have also listed below a breakdown of the children currently in care at the orphanage. While younger children will be delighted with toys, older children might perhaps like some toiletries, Christmas sweets or goodies, or even a voucher in order to go shopping in the sales. Fundraiser for the orphanage Lyn Adams said, “The children are always in need of basic items, clothes and toiletries.”

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• Willow International School, Pueblo Bravo, Quesada 9.30am till 2.30pm Monday to Friday
• Crystals Restaurant, La Fuente Thursday to Saturday from 6pm and Sundays from 1pm
• Leddy Homes/Leddy Contractors, Calle San Miguel 9, Los Montesinos 10 till 2pm Monday to Friday

The toys can be of any size or cost – all gifts will be most gratefully received.
The deadline for all gifts to be dropped off is Friday December 10th.

The Christmas Gift Appeal is the latest in fundraising efforts by the school. Recently, their Halloween Spooktacular raised €300 for APANEE, the association helping children and teens with special educational needs. President of APANEE María José Sánchez García visited the school this week to collect the donation and spoke to some of the students about where the money will go. María explained “This money will go directly to the ‘No child without treatment’ project.” APANEE was founded in 1995 and provides specific treatment, care, diagnosis and support for people with special educational needs. The charity’s project ‘No child without treatment’ provides services such as rehabilitation, physiotherapy, speech therapy, psychological support and more – all in order to help children and teens with disabilities to improve their quality of life.