Santa, cinema and a bit of support
Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Housing
Almost 150 kids and their parents enjoyed fab film fun and a personal interview with Santa on Saturday morning in Coleford.
Community homes organisation Two Rivers put on a special film show at the Studio Cinema for families from Two Rivers communities.
Families came in from as far afield as Hereford and Gloucester to join in the party.
They watched "Danger in the Manger –Nativity 2" – a BBC film starring all round great of stage and screen David Tenant.
Each child also got free popcorn and a soft drink, and a goody bag from Santa.
Every parent got a fun fridge magnet with a serious message of support from their friends at Two Rivers.
Two Rivers Christmas fairy Emma Towler said the event was fun for everyone, but also touched on hard to talk about issues.
"Our Christmas events offer a bit of good cheer and fun for local families. The kids asked Santa to bring them the usual range of bikes, computer games and dolls. But we know that behind the scenes of festive jollification some families are having a tough time of it and need a bit of friendship and support.
"Sorry to put a downer on the usual Christmas cracker stories, but with recession, job losses, stagnant wages, affordable housing shortages and welfare changes all starting to bite, there will be hundreds of families facing a colder and tougher time in 2013.
"We are doing what we can to help and have appointed a welfare and debt advisor to support members of our community who are struggling to cope. Community and friendship has never been more important. That is, after all, what Christmas is meant to be all about," she said.
Anyone who is concerned about changes to welfare benefits and the bedroom tax should ring Two Rivers for advice on 0800 316 0897.