Toy Appeal Help make Christmas magical
CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and it will not be long before we are all scrambling to get our Christmas shopping done.
We might grumble about the stress of seasonal shopping – but spare a thought for families who are facing a Christmas without presents at all.
Up to four in 10 children in parts of Gloucestershire are growing up in poverty, according to the End Child Poverty coalition.
That’s a lot of parents struggling to buy Christmas presents for their little ones.
We have teamed up with Gloucester Quays to give you the chance to share a bit of magic this Christmas by donating new toys to local children in need.
From Wednesday November 14-December 19, you can drop off new toys in the reception area at Gloucester Quays.
The toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army and other local charities to families in need, including those referred to them from social services and family support centres.
Centre manager Matt Bird said: “Gloucester Quays are proud to support and host the Toy Appeal which we hope brings some joy to those who need that little bit of extra festive cheer at this time of year.
“We are appealing to readers to think about giving a gift that could help to make a difference.
“We look forward to welcoming customers who are dropping off toys to then be delivered to our nominated charities .”
He continued: “It really means a lot to our staff to give back to the local community and this is a way for the rest of the local area to get involved too.”
We are looking for a range of gifts for young people from newborns to the age of 16.
It makes it so easy to pop a second of whatever you are buying your child into your trolley and drop it off when leaving the centre. Your small donation could make a big difference to a child this Christmas and the positive effects of Toy Appeals are widespread.
Last year the Salvation Army delivered a whopping 425 Christmas parcels to families in Gloucestershire, with help from the community. We’re hoping to do even better this year. Whether in the sector of housing, youth support or meeting with vulnerable communities, support workers are grateful for the donations bring. “We used your service last year and it was so well-received by our families,” said one school pastoral worker.
A housing support worker enthused: “We are extremely grateful for the help this service provides to our clients.”