Little boy asks for ‘a hat and a biscuit’ for Christmas

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A child’s Christmas wish has gone viral, breaking hearts across the country in Dunelm’s Christmas appeal, which facilitates festive donations to youngsters. Staff at the homeware shop were humbled by some of the requests – with one boy asking for nothing more than a “hat and a biscuit” for Christmas. 

With Christmas just two months away, Dunelm launched its appeal in a bid to deliver joy to children and adults in need this winter. 

And as the cost of living crisis rages on, children have been left asking for the most basic of things as parents struggle for cash this Christmas.

As part of the appeal, pre-written tags are on a Christmas tree in the store that shoppers can take home, purchase and return the selected gift to the store before December 11.

But the most requested item has reduced staff to tears, the ECHO reports.

The most requested item amongst both children and adults were hats, scarves and gloves as well as chocolate for children and toiletries for adults. 

On requested tags, representing residents in the community, one young boy under the age of 10 asked for a “hat and a biscuit” as another young girl asked for a “selection box in case Santa doesn’t come”.

A boy under the age of 12 asked for “a teddy to hold in case Santa doesn’t come to me.

Adult requests were also similar as one person asked for toiletries and clean socks while another asked for a hat, scarf and some biscuits.

A third simply requested a selection box. Staff member Kelly Nichols, of the Dunelm store in St Helens, took to social media to share this year’s appeal.

Sharing the heartbreaking appeal requests, she wrote: “How are we in 2022, and facing this?

“Help us to Deliver Joy this year to so many people who are facing a Christmas with absolutely nothing. If you’d like to donate, but can’t get down to store & collect a tag, I’m happy to send you some via Messenger, simply deliver them to us, at your convenience, before December 11.”

Many people were quick to comment on the post and how “sad” it was to see.

But the community support has since come pouring in as another post from Kelly saw her write how she was “completely lost for words at the generosity”.

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She added: “I have just sent out our 200th tag via Messenger, we have the most amazing ladies waiting to receive tags in bulk for their schools and businesses to fulfil AND we’re down to single figures on the tree in-store.

“We do have more tags on the way, but if you’d like to help now, please just buy a tin or packet of food from anywhere, and drop it into store.”

More information on the appeal and how you can help, visit the store of check out the Facebook Page here.

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