Toys appeal launched in Letchworth in aid of needy children

IT is the season for giving and a church charity hopes that the public will do just that to help children and families across Letchworth GC have a happy Christmas. The Salvation Army s Christmas Present Appeal was launched yesterday (Sunday) and runs unti

IT is the season for giving and a church charity hopes that the public will do just that to help children and families across Letchworth GC have a happy Christmas.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Present Appeal was launched yesterday (Sunday) and runs until December 15.

People are invited to drop in to Superdrug in Eastcheap, The Salvation Army Charity Shop in Leys Avenue or The Salvation Army Hall by appointment (ring 01462 683247) with gifts for children aged 0-16.

The presents will be then be distributed to referred children and families in the area through The Salvation Army's own networks, local groups and social services.


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"Millions of children and young people have benefited from the gifts donated to The Salvation Army over many years. By giving a gift to our Christmas Present Appeal you can make a real difference in someone's life at Christmas," said Captain Barrie Sampson.

"Many families linked with local partner agencies such as single-parent support networks and family centres have come to rely on the toys donated through The Salvation Army's annual gift appeal.

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"For children and young people we need everything, from soft and educational toys for the very youngest, to CDs, games and toys, toiletries and accessories for older children. And please, don't forget the teenagers, particularly the boys who sometimes tend to get left out of such appeals.

"If you have children or grandchildren, or nieces and nephews or young friends, think of what they might like in their Christmas stocking and consider buying one extra present and donating it."

Generous donors are asked to buy a toy or gift for a child aged 0-16 years and take it, unwrapped, to any of the three nominated drop off points. A team of volunteers will then wrap the gift and ensure it reaches a needy child or young person this Christmas.

"We believe every child deserves a new gift at Christmas, and are therefore unable to take used or second hand items for the Christmas Present Appeal," added Captain Sampson who can be contacted for further information on 01462 683247 or email barrie.sampson@salvationarmy.org.uk

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