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1,000 gifts to bring Christmas cheer to vulnerable children

1,000 gifts to bring Christmas cheer to vulnerable children

Wednesday 01 December 2021

1,000 gifts to bring Christmas cheer to vulnerable children

Wednesday 01 December 2021


1,000 presents have been donated to brighten up the Christmas of some of Jersey's most vulnerable children thanks to the efforts of one islander, who wrapped 500 of them herself.

Cheyenne O'Connor normally runs a family fun day fundraiser each year to help local charities.

But when the pandemic put a stop to the event, she decided to channel her energy into another way to help.

She set up an Amazon Christmas wish list for islanders to be able to donate presents to the charities, as well as Children's Services.

All organised in age order, presents have now been individually wrapped - around half of which Cheyenne did herself - and delivered to Director of Children's Services Mark Owers and CYPES' incoming Director General Rob Sainsbury at Liberté House, where Children's Services is based.

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Pictured: CYPES' Interim Director General Rob Sainsbury, Cheyenne O'Connor and Children's Services Director Mark Owers.

Each will be sent, alongside a selection box, to vulnerable children and young people.

“It was an absolute pleasure to head the Christmas Toy Appeal, this year, for six different charities and organisations," Cheyenne said.

"I want to thank the public who have contributed by ensuring that more than 1,000 gifts were purchased and Mark Owers, Director of Children Services, for ensuring some of the most vulnerable families on the Island will receive the presents this year."

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Pictured: Cheyenne wrapped 500 gifts herself and arranged them in age order.

“We are delighted to receive 500 Christmas presents and selection boxes for the children and young people we are supporting. I would like to thank all those who have so kindly donated and to thank Cheyenne for once again, organising the collection to ensure our children have the best possible Christmas."

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