Local youngsters set to benefit from charity Christmas gift campaign

  • Presents to be delivered via the Costa Christmas Collections initiative can be taken to a number of drop-off points

The Costa Christmas Collections campaign is under way again this year as locals are encouraged to donate a gift for youngsters at local children's homes and the Amusivig charity for victims of domestic violence.

Kara Jaye, owner of The Boardwalk Restaurant in Marbella, has organised the collection for the past five years as she aims to put smiles on children's faces along the coast at Christmas.

“It's an amazing way to give back and feel good this Christmas,” explained Kara. “I love to get my children involved; they choose and wrap presents for the children and get an understanding that not all kids are as fortunate as them.It's exactly what Christmas should be about.”

Members of the public wanting to get involved are invited to buy a present, wrap it up, label it with the age and sex of the child the gift is most suitable for and take it to one of the designated drop-off points. Kara is encouraging people to think about older teenage boys when choosing a gift as the tendency has been to buy for younger children in previous years. Suggestions for teenage males include books, DVDs, scarves, gloves and underwear.

Costa Christmas Collections is also organising a charity ball this weekend, in collaboration with Hot magazine and Ivy Events, to raise money for wish list presents for the children. The black tie event is being held at Alevante Restaurant in Marbella port on 2 December with local singers donating their time to the cause.

Last year's Hollywood-themed event raised almost 6,000 euros and Kara Jaye is looking forward to another “night to remember” to help make Christmas “a joyous time” in local children's homes andfor child victims of domestic violence.

Gifts can be dropped off at Reflections salon (Puerto Banús), Bardou salon (Puerto Banús), Playwright (Elviria), Alevante (Marbella) and Martin's hair salon (Benalmádena). Visit the campaign's Facebook page (@Costachristmascollection) for more information.