After the huge success of previous years, the Costa del Sol community is again joining together to collect presents for six orphanages along the coast as well as for the charity, Amusuvig, which provides support for children of domestic violence.
Businesses across the coast will act as themselves as drop off points, so that you can purchase a gift, wrap it with festive paper and label it with the age and sex of intended child before leaving it at the designated drop points to be collected and distributed to the children at Christmas.
Drop off points so far include:
The Boardwalk Restaurant, Marbella
Slainte Restaurant, Puerto Banus
The Playwright Restaurant, Elviria
Becketts Restaurant, Marbella
Kids Kingdom, Estepona
Bardou Salon, Puerto Banus
IPIN Global, Los Boliches
Reflections, Central Plaza Puerto Banus
LoulouJane, Puerto Banus
Mick Mahon Tattoo, Benalmadena
Loft and Roomers Marbella- Mijas
Bar Marie La Cala Hills
Robs Barbers Los Boliches
Streets of London La Cala
The Jammy Olive Cafe, Calahonda
Autos Alquileme has very kindly donated use of their vans for collections and distribution of the gifts to the children.
“I really hope we are as successful this year as we have been previously” said Kara Robertson of Costa Christmas Collections. “It’s a wonderful thing for the children to see that they are in the community’s thoughts during the festive season.”
Children range from 1-18 years however Kara explained that in general people tend to buy a box fort building kit for the younger children with very few gifts bought for ages 15 -18. With more teenagers than ever this year she is hoping people will also think of this age group when shopping. Ideas suggested include underwear, socks, toiletries, books and DVDs.
“At The Boardwalk we started a project last year to help the 18 and 19 year olds in the orphanages find employment, something they have previously struggled with. We currently have two boys employed in our kitchen,” explained Kara. “We are training them up as chefs to help give them the start in life they deserve! They are fantastic, hard working guys and we couldn’t be happier to have them.” Kara has offered anyone considering employing one of the older children in the orphanages guidance with the process.
With over 300 children to help, organisers Kara and her husband, Gary Robertson, Charley Caradas, Sera Jane and Karen Carter Southall are appealing to any venues who could offer themselves as a drop off point to get in touch.
Telephone Kara on 672 575 644 or visit their Facebook page – Costa Christmas Collections.