Re:store Axe Valley CIC are running another Christmas Cheer Campaign to help local families this festive season.

The boxes are put together by a team of volunteers and are given out to families who need them in the Axe Valley this Christmas.

They contain luxury foods, toys, vouchers and a game for the family to enjoy.

Using those who receive free school meals as a criteria, the team put together a food package/hamper for each family along with a book (applicable to the child’s age) and vouchers to spend in local businesses.

The scheme started in 2020 to help support families who were struggling during the covid 19 pandemic in Seaton and Axminster. The 2020 Christmas Cheer scheme helped 108 families and 185 children in the Axe Valley catchment area with the support of the local community, councillors, businesses and schools.

Andrew Gwyn Davies told the Herald: “With the current cost of living crisis the project is more essential than ever and will benefit an increasing number of children and families who need support and help. Working with more than 10 schools in the Axe Valley area, it is estimated that the number of children who will benefit will exceed 200 this year.

“One family told us families were overwhelmed by the generosity and were very emotional with it all.”

One benefiting family commented: “Thank you so so much to you and all of your wonderful volunteers." Another said: "How wonderful, the present will go under the tree as we have not been able to do much this year for my child and are so grateful for this."

A crowdfunding page will be launched at the beginning of November to help raise funds for the campaign. Any family who needs a box this Christmas can apply for one through their local school. Anyone is welcome to receive one or you can receive one through your school by already receiving free school meals. For more information follow Re store on Facebook for more information and how you can help.