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Thousands of pounds of toys given to families by City Praise Centre

PUBLISHED: 14:13 29 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:13 29 December 2015

Child playing with colorful wooden blocks

Child playing with colorful wooden blocks

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The gesture was part of an annual tradition in partnership with family support charity Home-Start

A Gravesham church has given away toys worth thousands of pounds to families in North Kent as part of a Christmas charity pledge.

City Praise Centre (CPC) gave away the toys during their Christmas Carol Service at The Woodville last week, in keeping with their annual tradition of helping local families during the festive period.

Graeme Baldwin, associate pastor of CPC, said: “We do this each year because God gave the gift of His son to us and so it is right to, in some way, copy that act of generosity in any way we can.”

The relationship between CPC and the Home-Start charity began several years ago, it has since evolved into an arrangement whereby gifts purchased, rather than being random, are age and gender-specific, based on guidance from Home-Start.

These gifts are then sent directly to the charity who wrap and give them out at their Christmas parties.

Debbie Bowler of the north west Kent branch of the charity said: “Home-Start is all about relationships and one of the best relationships made several years ago was with City Praise Centre – which has been nothing but positive for the vulnerable parents referred to us.

“In addition to wonderful Christmas gifts for the children each year outreach work by CPC’s With Love Foundation has provided baby and household essentials.

“On two occasions recently, parents with no recourse to public funds - living in one room with no cooking facilities - have benefited by having cooking implements bought for them, meaning their children now have hot food daily.”

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