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Christmas toy appeal

During our Christmas toy appeal, you can donate gifts so local children living in poverty have a present to open on Christmas Day.

The appeal is organised by the charity 'Giving Back' which is run by council staff.

2020 Christmas toy appeal update

You can send presents until Friday, 4 December 2020. This then gives us time to sort and deliver them in time for Christmas Day.

This appeal depends entirely on the generosity of people and businesses in our borough, and every year it is heart-warming to see how many care enough to take part and donate.

2020 has been a year like no other. We know through our work with food banks and in the community, the day-to-day challenges felt by many local families have only become tougher as a result of the pandemic.

It can be a time of real pressure and hardship, making Christmas a struggle for many reasons. We still want to make sure that every child in the borough wakes up on Christmas morning with a present waiting for them and with your help, we'll do everything in our power to make this happen. 

Council staff with donated toys.

Toys and presents you can give

You can donate any toy or gift which is:

  • New
  • Preferably not gift wrapped
  • Suitable for a child aged 0-16 years old

We'd particularly welcome presents for teenagers as we don't usually receive as many for this age group.

How to donate a toy or gift

To donate a toy or a gift you  can:

  • Order a gift online and request it be delivered directly to the appeal at the address below.
  • Order from Rochdale toyshop ToysARoo'. To support a local business, order online, Select 'Pick up' as your delivery option and type 'Giving Back' in the 'Add a note to your order' box. Staff from Rochdale Business Improvement District (BID) will collect and deliver it to the appeal for you FREE of charge, which means there are no delivery fees to pay. 
  • Purchase a gift yourself from elsewhere and post it to us at the address below. Alternatively you can drop off your gift at one of our local collection points. Due to national restrictions please don't make a special journey to drop off your gift - only use these drop off points if you're also doing essential shopping.

Address for posting your gifts or ordering online:
Giving Back - Christmas Toy Appeal
Rochdale Borough Council
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Local collection points for dropping off gifts:

Toys donated to the Christmas toy appeal.

Local businesses who are supporting the Christmas toy appeal

We'd like to say, 'thank you' to these local businesses for supporting the 2020 Christmas toy appeal by donating services and time:

Previous Christmas toy appeals

In 2019 you donated over 2,500 toys which council staff then distributed to local children.

You helped provide some much needed festive cheer for thousands of children and teenagers since the appeal began in 2015.

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Helen Walton
Rochdale Giving Back

01706 924748