Burbage mother and carer Leah Weeks, has launched a project to help those families who have been hit hardest by the current crisis. She is making up ‘Happy Bags’ full of craft activities, toys, books and treats for children under 12. And she would welcome donations of items or money so more bags can reach more families.
Leah told marlborough.news, “There are loads of people who need help. Some families are struggling to put food on the table never mind anything else. Even if one of these bags puts a small smile on a child’s face then I have achieved what I have set out to do.
I am asking for donations so I am able to process as many ‘Happy Bags’ as I can. The items need to be new and in their original packaging to stop contamination.
I am hoping to receive the donations by end of July as I’m aiming to get the bags out during the first or second week of the summer holidays to try to ease the summer holiday boredom.
Any donation big or small will help in helping those most in need at this horrendous time.”
Leah is working closely with Burbage Parish Council who will deliver the bags together with food parcels to those in difficulty because of the pandemic. She also has a contact for Salisbury Women’s Refuge and will be sending some ‘Happy Bags’ there.
Leah says the bags are very similar to the Christmas shoe box idea. She is making up separate bags for boys and girls. Her kitchen is she says, “Like Santa’s grotto and I’m having trouble keeping my own children away from the toys !”
All precautions are being taken as she makes up the bags. There is plenty of hand sanitiser and Leah is wearing a mask and gloves.