DECK the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la.The old adage that it’s better to give than receive, rings especially true at Christmas. And with Christmas fewer than three months away, the Kouga Express is once again appealing to residents to help warm the hearts of less fortunate children in the community.A train, farm animals , a tractor, a ball, a moment of your time . . . these are some of the simple things that could warm the hearts of children that have never received a colourful wrapped Christmas gift of their own.There is no better experience than seeing the surprise and elation on the faces of children as they open a gift and receive what they have wished for.This year the Kouga Express, in conjunction with Pick `n Pay and Fountains Mall, will be collecting gifts for over 300 pupils from Quagga Primary School in Patensie and Nooitgedacht Primary School in Kareedouw.The Kouga Express relies on the generosity of the community to satisfy the demand for presents. Without the support of local residents this appeal will fail.Each learner wrote his or her wish onto a special Christmas “wish card”, with his name and age. Wishes range from a tea set to a teddy bear and from a school bag to a doll. Some little boy is dreaming of his first ever tractor with farm animals, while another girl cannot wait to own beautiful hair accessories. One little boy is dreaming about a Jeep and another about a red bicycle. There are even practical wishes like stationery for school. These cards are displayed on the Christmas tree in the forecourt at Pick `n Pay in Fountains Mall. Residents are able to select the wish card or cards that appeal to them and buy the gifts written on the cards. Residents can either wrap the presents themselves, or have them wrapped by the Kouga Express team. The following information must be clearly marked on the present: Name of school Name and surname of pupil Grade of pupil. Each card is unique to a deserving child. If a card is taken and not returned, that specific pupil could miss out on a present for Christmas. Presents can be dropped off at either the Kouga Express office at 75 Da Gama Road in Jeffreys Bay or at Pick `n Pay. All the presents must be returned by November 15. The presents will be handed out to the pupils at a special Christmas party at their respective schools. For information, contact Monique Basson at 042 293 2973 or 082 219 9169.