An incredible community effort has seen Bostonians club together to ensure hundreds of flood-hit families get support this Christmas.
Volunteers, the town’s Asda supermarket, churches, foodbank and The Standard’s toy appeal have seen people come forward in their droves to give a helping hand to those who suffered from the devastating impact of the December 5 flood.
The Standard teamed up with Thomas Campbell Estate Agents to launch the Give a Gift Appeal for toys and gifts to give to families, such as those left counting the cost of flood damage.
We have now received more than 100 toys – many brand-new – which will be wrapped up and sent out before Christmas.
Thomas Campbell director Harry Drury said: “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the general public.
“Christmas time is a time for giving and a time for children and we’re particularly pleased to be able to offer support to families affected by the flood, many of which may have lost Christmas presents and be in need of a helping hand.”
The Asda store, in Lister Way, has donated groceries, cleaning products, bedding and baby care items worth £4,799.66, electrical items worth £2,852.92 and collected donations of £1,098.14 for the flood relief appeal through buckets at the checkouts.
It has also invited insurance and Environment Agency experts to talk to customers and has sent colleagues out with hundreds of care packs to help flood victims.
Much of the wider fundraising and volunteer effort has been co-ordinated through the Facebook group Get Boston Back On Its Feet.
The group has set up a website to accept donations and is also planning a concert next year.
The Boston Flood Appeal, managed through the Facebook page, has also been backed by rap parody group 50 Sniffs. The lads have pledged to donate 100 per cent of all iTunes sales of their song Credit Card Christmas to the appeal.
Boston Borough Council’s Fen Road depot is open from 9am-5pm as a drop-off point for donations of any large items of furniture and white goods only. To donate, park in the visitor bays at the office and report to reception.
The food bank at the Zion Methodist Church has also been supporting flood victims but has now returned to normal operations while last week Fenside Community Centre became full of donations. Many were distributed over the weekend by volunteers.
See a full interview with the Get Boston Back on Its Feet team in this week’s Boston Standard.