KARATE kicking kids will make sure some of the most disadvantaged children in the area have something to smile about this Christmas.
Chuldow Martial Arts Black Belt Academies has collected more than 150 gifts that will be given to children’s homes.
They have been donated by members of the Smyth Street club and their families.
It is the second year Chuldow has collected presents in its Smile Maker appeal.
As well as children’s homes, donations will also be made to under-privileged families through the Wasdale Children’s Resource Centre, on Wasdale Road, and charity Barnardo’s.
Ary Hauer, co-director, said: “Christmas should be about giving, and what better way to give than to children who need it?
“Donating in this way is much more rewarding than popping a pound in a charity tub, it involves every day kids understanding there are children out there that possibly aren’t as fortunate as them.
“And, at a time that is exciting for them, they are taking out the time to bring joy to others.”
Members of the academy have been collecting gifts for weeks. And this year they have managed to beat last year’s total.
Each gift also contains a message from the person who donated it.
The academy hopes to make the Smile Maker appeal an annual event.
Sarah Hauer, co-director, said: “It really is true that giving is better than receiving and when you can give to those who are in much more need it makes the event more memorable and uplifting.”
To donate a gift log on to www.chuldow.com