Christmas tree bounty

Christmas tree bounty
PRESENTS SCHEME: Alfaz’s mayor and councillors with the Corazon Expres president, secretary and a volunteer Photo credit: Alfaz town hall

FOR the second consecutive year, Alfaz town hall is collaborating with the Corazon Expres Christmas tree scheme.

Not every home will have a Christmas tree this year or presents left underneath it for the youngest members of the family.  Aware of this, the Corazon Expres charity has installed Solidarity trees in Altea, Altea la Vieja, Benidorm, Finestrat, Villajoyosa and Bolulla as well as Alfaz.

The charity’s president Magdalena Lopez, who recently visited Alfaz accompanied by the association’s secretary Tone Dysjaland and volunteer Emilia Moratinos, explained to mayor Vicente Arques how the Christmas Tree scheme works.


Each tree is hung with cards that give the age and details of a child. Those wishing to participate need only choose a card, buy a present and leave it under the Christmas tree until December 17. All the presents will later be sent to different associations and collectives, as well as local Social Welfare departments.

Alfaz town hall and the Casa de Cultura each have a Corazon Expres tree, with more installed in You Lounge Bar, Plaza Mexico, Corral Pollos and Grill, Centro Sarepta, Kiro Nilsson, Medicina Manual Albir, NaturTek, Academia Studio and Optica Novaluz.

“This is the scheme’s third year” the Corazon Expres president said: “The first time there were seven Christmas trees, 14 the second and 29 this year.”

Corazon Expres links resources and needs, connecting charitable associations and organisations with families in difficult circumstances.

As well as providing economic help in one-off situations, the charity sets out to transform people’s quality of life by supporting families and assisting their financial development.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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