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03 December 2020 18:37

Hartlepool Giving Tree

A NORTH-EAST shopping centre has taken its giving tree online after lockdown meant customers could not help children in need - but it soon gained traction from around the world. Hartlepool Giving Tree was set up by Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft ten years ago but has been taken online in the face of Covid. The idea is simple - take a tag off the tree and buy a present for the person it describes. While the in-store tree has delivered presents to 750 children every year for the last decade, the online version has exploded in popularity, with some 100,000 people from around the world pledging to help those in need. Mr Rycraft is now partnering with regional and national causes to give festive donations to as many people as possible, not just in Hartlepool.

The 50-year-old said: "It was first to give back to the community but with Covid and the lockdown we realised customers would not come in and grab a tag so we took it online. Whilst speaking to The Northern Echo, the number of pledges ticked over to 100,000, giving Mr Rycraft "goosebumps". He added: "There are so many young people or those in care who don't have essentials or a ball to kick around. "There are a lot of people under the radar and those who access services that need some love, care and attention. "We had designated families but then we realised we have the capacity to help even more people so we've done a lot of research into what presents children, and even older people in care homes, want so we have created 'boy' and 'girl' tags and can then donate presents we know people will want.

Mr Rycraft, who has been the centre manager for 14 years, has worked with domestic violence charity Hartlepool Harbour since he first launched the giving tree. He said: "After speaking with Hartlepool Harbour, I realised that there are that won't get a gift. "I started the tree because I realised as a shopping centre we are a major part of the community so we had the resources to bring ideas and people together, and serve the community. "We have done an awful lot within Hartlepool since I have been here, including work in schools and special need schools. "I am utterly and completely humbled and overwhelmed at Hartlepool Giving Tree's success." Mr Rycraft, who has created a 'workshop' on the first floor of an empty retail unit in the shopping centre to collect donations, thanked everyone for their support on the project.

Hartlepool website creators In Studio built and are running the website for free, while centre employees helping to sort donations are being called elves. "Making the Hartlepool Giving Tree virtual this year was an excellent idea and I am delighted to be able to support it again. It is great to see the people of Hartlepool pulling together like they have always done to help their own and make sure children, whatever their circumstances, can have a happy Christmas this year." Anyone wishing to get involved should visit www.hartlepoolgivingtree.co.uk and post donations to the shopping centre, 26 Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, TS24 7RZ. More than 104,000 people have already bought presents for children through the site (Picture: Hartlepool Giving Tree) A shopping centre in Hartlepool has collected more than 100,000 gifts for children who were otherwise unlikely to receive a Christmas present this year. Middleton Grange Shopping Centre has operated an annual Giving Tree for more than 10 years, but the process was taken online for the first time this December due to the pandemic. Through the website, users can select a tag bearing a child's gender, age and suggested present. They then purchase the item and send it to the shopping centre, where charity volunteers will match it with a child in need. The website states: 'Many of the recipients are children who have escaped domestic violence, being forced to flee their homes quickly and leave all possessions behind. Without Giving Tree, these children may not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.' Mark Rycraft, the manager of the shopping centre and founder of the Giving Tree, said they previously delivered around 750 presents a year. This year the website has exploded with popularity, allowing 104,000 people across world to buy gifts. He has now created a 'workshop' using one of the shopping centre's empty retail units to collect all the donations. He told the Northern Echo he was 'utterly and completely humbled and overwhelmed' by the number of donations. People can pick the items they wish to buy online (Picture: Hartlepool Giving Tree) Volunteers will allocate the gifts to children (Picture: Hartlepool Giving Tree) He went on: 'There are so many young people or those in care who don't have essentials or a ball to kick around. 'There are a lot of people under the radar and those who access services that need some love, care and attention.' Mr Rycraft said the shopping centre started out with designated families, but have since researched what presents children and older vulnerable people might like for Christmas so they can help 'even more people' this year. The Giving Tree has been running for 10 years and the website was created due to the pandemic (Picture: Hartlepool Giving Tree) For those of you who would like to give something back this Christmas, there is a giving tree set up to allow you to buy gifts for children living in Hartlepool who have escaped domestic violence…many will wake on Christmas morning with only these gifts to open🎄🎁 please share pic.twitter.com/2VzxgkgxbM — Annika (@annikawile) November 27, 2020 The creators of the website, In Studio, are running it for free, while those sorting the presents at the shopping centre have nicknamed themselves 'elves'. To buy a child a Christmas present through the Giving Tree, click here. Is Spinincash Legit (August) Scroll Down for Its Reviews>> Would you like to know the truth about the process of giving presents on the occasion of Christmas? Don't Christmas presents make so many children deprived of these happy because of the gifts they get from various people? Hartlepool Giving Tree Scam will talk about a particular type of giving presents to Hartlepool's children in the United Kingdom. And especially those children deprived of such presents at the time of Christmas. Any person can follow ways and methods to give the gifts online to a particular Giving Tree, virtual. The kinds of presents that they will provide will reach all the children who are expecting something at this time of Christmas. What is Hartlepool Giving Tree Scam? It is about those who ask the gift-givers to select any gift they wish to buy for those who have either left their homes or have also faced domestic violence and have not received anything for Christmas. The particular Hartlepool Giving Tree platform gives the option to all those people around the world to buy different kinds of gifts so that all those children deprived of facilities on the occasion of Christmas may get their presents. We also got to know that all these gifts that people would like to give will go to those children who live in Hartlepool, which is the part of the UK. Hartlepool Giving Tree Scam found that it is a good thing to help children receive gifts and celebrate their happiness at the time of festivity. Process Of Choosing The Gifts There are some of the things that people need to do to give a kind of gift on the occasion of Christmas. They need to select the type of presents that they wish to pass; after that, they need to buy only that kind of item from those retailers which Giving Tree has selected. After doing all these processes, Hartlepool Giving Tree Scam found that they will receive a confirmation message on their mails from the Hartlepool Giving Tree that they have become successful in choosing the children's gift. All the processes that we got to know about giving the presents by choosing the gifts online for the children may also be true that these are part of the scams that particular platform has been running. They're not exactly giving the details that all those gifts that they received are reaching the children. It can be evident that those who want to give any gifts at Christmas time must make sure that their presents reach the particular destination in the real sense. So, Hartlepool Giving Tree Scam found that it is crucial to do something by which the help can reach directly to the person for whom the service is meant for. Please do give your views regarding this particular article.