They give up their Saturday nights so that you can enjoy yours. The Sunderland street pastor team helps those who 'over-do' a night out.
Church services going on in the region on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Have we missed your church? Email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bishop of Durham, Justin Walby, has announced his Christmas message for the year.
Newcastle Airport has announced that it is expecting thousands of visitors to tread the waiting rooms and arrivals halls of the airport over the festive period,
Around 800,000 passengers are expected to travel to or from the airport between December 23rd and January 2nd - with some seeking warmer climes whilst others are returning home to the region.
Newcastle, in particular, also sees an increase in skiers heading for the slopes around Christmas.
– Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport
"We are expecting a very busy few weeks over the Christmas period with families and friends all over the region making use of our services.
As well as people travelling elsewhere, we also have thousands of people returning home to the region for Christmas.
Our arrivals hall is full of well-wishers and people calling in to collect relatives and friends."
A study by the charity Age UK says one in three elderly people in our region suffer from loneliness.
It is a particular problem at this time of year, with thousands expected to spend Christmas Day on their own.
The charity is urging people to volunteer their time and pay a visit to someone who needs it.
Watch Kenny Toal's reports here:
Cleveland and Durham Police forces are warning drivers to think twice before getting behind the wheel as they launch their annual clampdown on drink driving today.
Random spot checks will take place across the region today, with police concentrating particularly on younger drivers.
Finalists from Britain's Got Talent 2012, Loveable Rogues, will be switching on the Christmas lights in South Shields town centre today.
Band members Eddie Brett, Sonny Jay and Té Eugene, will be pushing the button to illuminate the town centre as part of the celebrations.
For more information about the Christmas lights switch on click here.
The Mayor of Sunderland will be joined by Emmerdale's Tom Lister who is playing Captain Hook in panto at Sunderland Empire, and the city's Olympic women's footballer Jill Scott and Olympic trampolinist Kat Driscoll for the switch-on at the civic centre.
Music will include performances from Castletown Primary who were overall winners in this year's annual 'City Sings' school choral competition, and 'Farra Cappella' from Farringdon Community Sports College who were winners in the secondary school category.
The event begins at 6pm with the evening brought to a close with a firework display at 7pm.
It may only be the end of October, but today Fenwicks unveiled its famous Christmas window.
The window, which has a different theme every year, pictures a Christmas train manned by elves, and of course Santa Claus.
Three truck-loads of Christmas decorations are being taken to soldiers in Afghanistan. They were donated following an appeal by a sergeant's wife - who was worried that December wouldn't be festive enough for the troops.
Lisa Ferris, from Ripon in North Yorkshire, emailed companies around the country for help. One in Liverpool agreed to give hundreds of decorations - and deliver them too.
You can see the full report from Jonny Blair below.