Toy­box Ap­peal in need of ur­gent do­na­tions

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 [email protected]­di­ 07790 591150

OR­GAN­IS­ERS be­hind Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s Christmas Toy­box Ap­peal are in ur­gent need of do­na­tions af­ter de­mand from fam­i­lies in need soared.

The do­nated gifts are dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies who un­for­tu­nately are un­able to pro­vide for their children, for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

How­ever, Nia Thomas who is run­ning the ap­peal said the num­ber of fam­i­lies nom­i­nated this year has rock­eted.

She said: “We have seen more than 1,000 nom­i­nated fam­i­lies who are in need. That is 40% more than last year and we need many more toys in a short space of time.

“The toys we al­ready have are now be­ing dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies, but there is a mas­sive short­fall this year and we are ask­ing peo­ple to do all they can to help.

“We pro­vide gifts for ba­bies right the way up to 18.”

Ms Thomas, who works in the coun­cil’s ed­u­ca­tion and children’s ser­vices depart­ment, added: “We gen­er­ally say toys have to be new but we will take what we can so that these children have some presents to open on Christmas Day.

“We aim to give six gifts to each child.

“Peo­ple have been so gen­er­ous and given a lot so far, it is sim­ply the num­ber of fam­i­lies in need this year has meant we are still very short on toys.”

The ap­peal was due to of­fi­cially end on De­cem­ber 10, but has now been ex­tended in a bid to re­ceive more toy do­na­tions.

Any res­i­dents wish­ing to do­nate are asked to keep gifts un­wrapped to al­low for eas­ier sort­ing.

To make a dif­fer­ence to some­one less for­tu­nate this Christmas, toys can be do­nated to coun­cil of­fi­cers in Car­marthen, Llanelli and Am­man­ford.

How­ever, peo­ple are asked to call Mrs Thomas due to the de­mand for toys and col­lec­tion can be ar­ranged by the coun­cil.

To speak to Mrs Thomas con­tact her on 0781471638­0.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s Toy Box Ap­peal is in ur­gent need of more toy do­na­tions ahead of Christmas.

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