Christmas toy appeal

The 2022 Christmas toy appeal is now closed. We'll update this page with details of the 2023 appeal when they're available.

As part of the 'Giving Back' Christmas toy appeal, you can donate gifts so local children living in poverty have a present to open on Christmas Day.

This appeal is run by the council's staff-run charity 'Giving Back'.

Presents you can give

You can donate any toy or gift which is:

  • New
  • 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

There are 3 ways to donate a toy or gift to the appeal:

  1. In-person - you can drop off your presents at any of the venues listed below. Please only drop off gifts during the venue's opening times.
  2. In the post - if you can't get to one of the drop-off points in Rochdale borough, you can post your gift to us instead. 
  3. Ordering online - you've also got the option to order a gift online and have it delivered straight to the appeal.

Address for posting your gifts or ordering online

Giving Back – Christmas Toy Appeal
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU.

Support for the Christmas toy appeal

In 2022 you donated over 5,000 toys, which council staff, schools and partners in the voluntary sector distributed to local children.

You've helped provide some much-needed festive cheer for thousands of children and teenagers, donating over 30,000 toys since the appeal began in 2014. 

Local businesses that supported the Christmas toy appeal

Rochdale Giving Back Christmas Toy Appeal would like to say thank you to the local businesses for supporting the 2022 Christmas toy appeal.

This appeal is run by the Rochdale ‘Giving Back’ charity, supported by Rochdale Borough Council. The council does not endorse the organisations supporting the toy appeal, the views they express or the products or services they offer.