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Locals asked to donate food and gifts for Costa del Sol hamper appeal

Organiser Kara Caradas, shopping to fill food hampers.
Organiser Kara Caradas, shopping to fill food hampers. / SUR
  • Marbella-based fundraisers hope to be able to provide festive cheer for around 500 families this Christmas

A Marbella-based charity has launched a festive scheme to give struggling families a Christmas hamper next month.

As part of the project Costa del Sol residents are being asked to donate food or presents for children up to the age of 18.

It's hoped the hamper will bring some Christmas cheer to around 500 families between Puerto de la Duquesa and Malaga.

Organised by British expat Kara Caradas, a team of 25 volunteers are helping to collect and dish out the hampers.

Kara, 36, from Kent, who has lived in Spain for 20 years and manages Marbella's Boardwalk Cafe, said: "The hampers are for anyone who needs them. If people contact us they will get a hamper for their family and presents for their children. We won't be saying no to people as we don't want anyone going without this Christmas."

Kara, who has helped run similar events over the past 10 years in Marbella, started the registered charity Food Fairies during lockdown, to help those who were struggling to feed their children during the pandemic.

She said: "We helped around 500 families during lockdown. So we decided to do something similar for Christmas.

Kara explained that non-perishable food such as pasta, rice, cooking oil, tinned food was preferred, and that presents are needed children aged from six months to 18 years.

She added that gifts for teenage boys are needed in particular as they are often forgotten.

Anyone wanting to donate a gift, is invited to purchase a present, wrap it up and label it with the sex and the age of the child, then deliver it to one of the drop-off points listed on the Costa Collections page on Facebook.