Soccer-Man City spread Christmas cheer with donations, gifts

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(Reuters) - Manchester City have helped raise spirits in the festive season by donating funds and other gifts to vulnerable families in the local community, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Players and staff members were among those that funded, wrapped and delivered over 5,000 Christmas presents to school children in East Manchester and those in the care of Manchester City Council.

The club also donated 500 three-course meals to local families in East, Central and South Manchester, and 45,000 everyday essential items to 10 charities across the city.

"We all know how difficult this year has been and that for some, the festive period will be particularly challenging," chief executive Ferran Soriano said.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)