Toy Ap­peal Help make Christ­mas mag­i­cal

Gloucestershire Echo - - REMEMBRANCE 2018 - By ELISE BRIT­TEN

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.”

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