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Royal Mail is teaming up with Hope Kitchen to help collect Christmas gifts for children who might otherwise not receive a present this year.

Donations need to be tagged for a boy or girl, with a rough age guide. The last dropping off day at Royal Mail’s Customer Service Point in town on Wednesday December 9.

Hope Kitchen is also collecting items for Christmas boxes for those in need this year.

The parcels will include adult and children’s gift, as well as three days of meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – including everything for a Christmas feast.

Items can be left at Tesco and Lidl in the special baskets at the checkout or dropped off at New Hope in Soroba Road between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday using the back door.

The deadline for donations is again December 9, ready for distribution between December 14 and December 18.