A MELKSHAM coffee shop is preparing to serve up a special treat for vulnerable and disadvantaged children this Christmas.

The new Starbucks in Commerce Way is inviting customers to pick a card off their Christmas tree and donate a gift for the child whose gender and age appears on it.

The presents will then be wrapped and delivered to families supported by children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Simon Betreen, of franchise holder, the Magic Bean Company, said: “Christmas can be a stressful time for parents with financial difficulties, and we don’t want to see children going without.“We hope customers will be generous in supporting our campaign to purchase gifts for families who might otherwise struggle to celebrate.”

Barnardo’s regional relationships manager Julie Kemp said: “We’re very grateful for this wonderful support from Magic Bean and their Starbucks staff.

“It’s a great way remind vulnerable and disadvantaged families that they’re not alone and that people are thinking of them this Christmas.“Hopefully the presents will create lots of happy smiles and fond memories for children and young people across the region.”

The Melksham Starbucks is open Monday-Friday from 6am-10pm and at weekends from 7am-10pm.

The Christmas present collection runs until December 14.