Duo Aid Mission Christmas
Barkley and Jagielka lend a hand to Radio City campaign.
Everton in the Community recruited two very special volunteers as England internationals Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley aided Radio City’s Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas this week.
Everton’s Club captain and the young midfielder made their way to the hub of an operation that has been spearheaded by the station’s breakfast show host and Blues matchday announcer Simon Ross.
Mission Christmas is a city-wide appeal to ensure no child wakes up on Christmas day without a gift.
The dynamic duo sorted through a multitude of toys and gifts, carefully arranging the bundles into age groups and gender, while also taking time out to chat and pose for photographs with other Mission Christmas staff and volunteers.
Jagielka said: "It is so important to make sure every kid has a gift at Christmas. All gifts are welcome and will make a difference.
"If you've accidentally bought the same present twice, don't take one of the presents back, donate it to the campaign.
"This is a great initiative and I’m so happy we’ve been able to do our bit to help by donating and helping to sort the presents.”
Their assignment didn’t end with sorting the toys though.
Jagielka and Barkley paid a visit to the city’s Centre 56, an organisation that provides information sessions and support for women and children who have suffered or are at risk of domestic abuse, to hand out gifts and provide festive cheer to a number of residents.
Thousands of youngsters in poverty will wake up to a Christmas without presents this year.
That’s why Radio City Cash for Kids, in partnership with City Central BID and The Commercial District BID, have launched Rossie's mission.
Everton have supported Mission Christmas throughout the month of December, providing two containers, which were placed in the Everton One and Everton Two megastores, giving every fan an easy way to contribute to this fantastic cause.