College students and staff in Gwynedd helped spread some festive cheer after they donated Christmas presents for 50 young people in a charity gift drive.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Pwllheli and Dolgellau campuses responded after young people's charity GISDA put out an advert on social media calling for donations of gifts suitable for males and females aged 16 to 25 and families with children under 3.

GISDA, an organisation helping vulnerable young people in North Wales since 1985, had asked if people could "make a young person's Christmas special by donating gifts."

Dolgellau A-Level co-ordinator Catrin Roberts, said:

We managed to collect presents for approximately 50 people - it was hugely successful given that people living in sheltered accommodation and would otherwise not have had presents will now receive something this Christmas.

The presents will be going to young people and kids, ensuring that they do not go without this festive period.

The college team was spurred into action after college tutor and General Education Programme Area Manager Gareth Lanagan spotted GISDA's advert on Facebook.

A-Level students and staff were then sent details of the campaign and responded generously, leaving a pile of presents at the college reception before they were collected by Owain Jones of GISDA Blaenau Ffestiniog.

GISDA is a charity that provides intensive support and offers opportunities to vulnerable young people between 14 and 25 years old in North Wales.   

Catrin added:

Thanks to everyone that donated for their generosity.

It's so nice to give back to an organisation that we as a college have worked closely with for many years.

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