A Manilva-based charity has launched its annual festive scheme to give local underprivileged children presents this Christmas.
The St George Charity is hoping to deliver gifts to more than 500 children from Manilva and Casares as well as those who use the Emaus soup kitchen in Estepona.
Now in its sixth year, the project has given Christmas presents to thousands of children over previous festive periods. Social Services provide the expat-run charity with a list of children most in need of gifts.
A small team of volunteers at the charity then buy gifts totalling up to 15 euros per child, with the emphasis on creativity, fun and education.
Gary Beaumont, Vice-President of the charity, told SUR in English: "With the festive season fast approaching it is important that we turn our thoughts to those less fortunate than ourselves.
"The gift bags are delivered to social services and the social kitchen where the parents can collect them and give them to their children on Three Kings.
"This is very important as the charity feels that the only thing sadder than a child receiving no gifts at Christmas time is a parent being unable to give a gift!"
Gary added that the charity aims to put together more than 500 gift bags this Christmas.
He said: "It is a mammoth task to raise funds, purchase the gifts, and put together the gift bags, but the St George Charity's volunteers have it down to a well-honed operation."
The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George originally opened in 2013 and was founded by a group of foreign residents.
Donations can be made at any of the St George Shops in Calle Duquesa de Arcos (opposite O'Callaghans) and in Plaza de las Naranjas, Sabinillas, or under the Aparthotel Autosole, Avenida Marqués del Duero 9, Cancelada, Estepona, or online (www.gofundme.com/f/StGeorge2019).