Toy ap­peal re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Vol­un­teers Su­san Niven and Gibb­son Nee­son help to sort out the do­na­tions

Hun­dreds of top-qual­ity toys and gifts have been flood­ing into the Sal­va­tion Army in Pais­ley.

The church has been work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Pais­ley Daily Ex­press Toy Ap­peal to bring some fes­tive cheer to less for­tu­nate fam­i­lies in the area who can’t af­ford to buy presents for their young­sters.

And this week the Sal­va­tion Army Hall in Mill Street is open to re­ceive items from read­ers, mem­bers of the pub­lic and busi­nesses who want to help.

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Ma­jor Cora Joy Tucker said the mil­i­tary-style op­er­a­tion to re­ceive and sort the toys was well un­der way.

“It’s been go­ing very well,”she said yes­ter­day. “We had quite a few peo­ple in yes­ter­day. “As usual, very gen­er­ous. “And peo­ple have also handed in mon­e­tary do­na­tions, which we used to buy toys.

“So if we run out of an age group, then we’ve got the money there to go and buy things.

“We shopped for quite a few older chil­dren and we al­ready had peo­ple in say­ing they went spe­cially and got gifts for teenagers. “So, that’s ex­cel­lent.” There is still very much a need for do­na­tions of toys and gifts, with more than 1,200 re­fer­rals made last year through So­cial Work and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion forms are com­ing in from all the sup­port work­ers and it ap­pears that there are still fam­i­lies in need out there.

“Ap­pli­ca­tions are ar­riv­ing in daily, but last year we pro­cessed be­tween 1,200 and 1,500.”

The Sal­va­tion Army’s soldiers and church mem­ber vol­un­teers set out the gifts ac­cord­ing to age group, and these are then bagged up un­wrapped for distri­bu­tion through var­i­ous agen­cies in time for Christ­mas.

Wrap­ping of the presents is down to the par­ents who re­ceive them.

“We had gifts from a church toy ser­vice yes­ter­day and they had a huge big bag­ful of wrap­ping pa­per and bags along with their toys. That was ex­cel­lent, and we give these out with the toys,”Ma­jor Tucker said.

One of the peo­ple help­ing with sort­ing the toys is Sal­va­tion Army sol­dier Su­san Niven.

She said:“I don’t know what it is at the mo­ment, but we are find­ing in every­thing we are do­ing that peo­ple are re­ally giv­ing.

“I don’t know if it’s Pais­ley 2021 but peo­ple def­i­nitely want to give.”

Mrs Niven, 66, from Pais­ley, added that it was sad that peo­ple needed help to buy presents for their chil­dren at Christ­mas.

“But it does hap­pen and at least we are try­ing to an­swer that need,”she said.

Gibson Nee­son, 72, from Pais­ley, is also help­ing out.

“Be­ing a mem­bers of the Sal­va­tion Army you like to do your bit for un­der­priv­i­leged kids,”he said. “I’ve done this for a few years. “As Su­san says, it’s dread­ful you’ve got to do it, but the folks in Pais­ley and sur­round­ing ar­eas are so gen­er­ous.

“From cash do­na­tions to toys, it’s been ter­rific.”

The Sal­va­tion Army Hall, in Mill Street, will be open up to to­mor­row,from 10am to 4pm ,to re­ceive gifts and cash do­na­tions.

Please re­mem­ber that gifts must be new and un­wrapped.

Please do not hand then in to the Pais­ley Daily Ex­press of­fice.

De­lighted Work­ing hard Ma­jor Cora Joy Tucker

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