Rochdale Borough Council will soon be seeking donations to this year's Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Christmas Day.
The annual appeal organised by the council's staff-run 'Giving Back' charity for the past 5 years, will be collecting donations from Wednesday, 13 November 2019.
They ask residents and staff to buy one extra present – a new, unwrapped gift suitable for a child between 0-16 years-old - and leave it at a local library, one of the other collection points, or order online and get it delivered straight to the appeal by Friday, 13 December 2019.
Council staff, who distributed over 2,000 toys last year, will then make sure they reach the borough's less fortunate children in time for Christmas Day. Since 2015, the appeal's provided much needed festive cheer for thousands of children and teenagers.
Council policy advisor Helen Walton, from the Giving Back charity, said:
"This appeal relies on the collective kindness and 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. I am so grateful and I know the children it helps will be too. For many households, Christmas is a time of real pressure and hardship, but I want to make sure no child in the borough misses out. We will ensure all your gifts go to very worthwhile homes locally and those that receive them get a lot of joy during what may otherwise have been a very meagre Christmas."
Toys can be dropped off from Wednesday, 13 November - Friday, 13 December 2019 at any library in the borough.
There'll also be collection points at:
- Heywood Civic Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood OL10 1LW
- Bowlee Sports Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton M24 4LA
- Littleborough Sports Centre, Calderbrook Road, Littleborough OL15 9JN
- Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG
- Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
You can also order a gift online and have it delivered straight to the appeal. The address to send your gift to is:
Giving Back - Christmas Toy Appeal
Rochdale Borough Council
Number One Riverside
Rochdale OL16 1XU
Gifts for 0-16 year-olds are all welcome, but especially presents for teenagers, which were low in number in 2018.