VIDEO: Family’s Christmas saved by £1,000 gift from Milton Keynes community

A speechless mum cried tears of joy when she was handed £1,000 to replace her children’s stolen Christmas presents.

Directors of Re-use Community Project, an organisation which uses collections and donations to help those in need, felt inspired to help Holly Harris after reading about her troubles in last week’s Citizen.

Holly, whose garage lock was picked by thieves on the night of November 23, said: “I am so grateful, I really am.

“At least my kids can have a Christmas now. It won’t be one that’s perfect, but at least they can have one.”

Business partners John and Margaret Mann presented Holly with the cash in £20 notes at the project’s base in Kiln Farm on Tuesday.

Margaret said: “When I saw the story in the Citizen my heart went out to the family.

“It makes me feel so special to be able to help these kiddies for Christmas morning.

“Thank you to the Milton Keynes community for all their donations for us to be able to do this.”