Organisers of the Cornerstone Christmas appeal are hoping seasonal goodwill will result in an extra special Christmas present for nine city charities.
The appeal was launched at Christ the Cornerstone church at the weekend, with mayor Brian White making the first generous donation.
The goodwill scheme is based on an idea by the Dean of Belfast, who stood outside his cathedral for a week before Christmas accepting donations in a barrel.
Former city councillor Sam Crooks, who was born in Belfast, brought the initiative to Milton Keynes.
Last year’s appeal raised £6,000. Church congregations made donations, collections in the city centre and passers-by giving cash.
Sam Crooks even braved the cold to copy the Dean of Belfast and collect outside the church.
This year the appeal will be doing the same but aiming for an even higher target.
Citizen readers helped nominate the charities that will benefit. They are Open Door, the YMCA, Redway School, MK Hospital charity for stroke patients, Leo’s Appeal, Age UK, Catholic Aid Agency, Crosslinks and MK Bereavement Service. New toys for children’s in hospital and items for the food bank will also be collected,