Mr X Appeal 2020
We are thankful to have support from the Mr X Appeal – a project that provides presents for children and young people in need across Swansea, Bridgend, Neath/Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Llanelli, Carmarthen and most recently Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
This is the third year that SNAP has worked in partnership with the Mr X Appeal, allowing us to deliver Christmas gifts to some of our families in need in the Swansea area. We are excited to help spread some festive cheer!
We had a chat with ‘Mr X’, and he told us all about the appeal, how it started and how it runs today
The appeal started 61 years ago; Mr X’s family were often visited by a little girl from the local orphanage. Her name was Francesca and she would eventually visit the family every Sunday, and during the holidays to take part in their games and activities.
When Christmas came around, Mr X’s colleagues asked if they could provide some presents for Francesca; before Mr X knew it, he had more gifts for Francesca than he did for his own children! He asked those wanting to donate if they’d consider donating to other children in the orphanage – and over time, more and more people wanted to offer gifts – and this was just the start of the ‘Mr X’ Christmas campaign!
Mr X in 2020
With the Covid-19 restrictions in place, this year was going to be challenging – unsure of whether the team would be able to secure enough donations due to the hardship of 2020, Mr X and his team pushed forward with the appeal, determined to ensure that over 8000 children receive gifts this Christmas! Not only did the team manage to secure 2 presents for each child – they also donated additional gifts to local foodbanks in hopes that no child is without presents this year.
The Mr X Appeal is run by a huge team of volunteers. Alongside the core team of ‘Mr X’, ‘Mrs X’ and the affectionately nicknamed ‘Santa’s Transport Elf’, there are a lot of people who give up their time freely to donate, sort and deliver gifts across South Wales. Mr X emphasised his true gratitude for all the volunteers involved with the appeal, expressing that their support enables the campaign to go ahead.
If you want to find out more about the Mr X Appeal, or would like to learn more about donations, check out their official Facebook page: