Donate toys and games to light up children's Christmas
THE Post's annual Christmas Toy Appeal which helps needy children in the Bristol area is being launched today.
We know these are difficult times but are asking all our readers to show generosity and bring children's new, or nearly new, toys to our Temple Way offices.
We will collect them for distribution to youngsters who are unlikely to receive many gifts this year.
We urge our readers to buy an extra toy, book, teddy, or other children's gift this year to help with the appeal. The gifts can be for children up to the age of 16.
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And, rather than throwing things away, you can give baby toys, educational books and games to the cause.
Our appeal is running alongside the Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal, which raises funds for the families of underprivileged youngsters in the area.
This year it is hoped that a huge £65,000 will be raised. Up to 1,650 families will get two £20 vouchers – one for food and one for clothes or toys – which can be spent at Asda, Co-op branches and at Debenhams.
Lord Mayor Peter Main said: "The Post's Christmas Toy Appeal enhances the Lord Mayor's Christmas Appeal for Children.
"The toys collected by The Post are distributed to children who don't receive vouchers from the Lord Mayor's Christmas Appeal for Children but who would struggle to celebrate Christmas.
"Every child deserves something special at Christmas-time, and the Toy Appeal is about bringing smiles to those children who don't have much to smile about."
Bruce Simmonds, chairman of the appeal, said The Post's Toy Appeal would increase the number of families who enjoy Christmas.
Cheques for the appeal should be made out to the Lord Mayor of Bristol's Children Appeal and sent c/o the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3LJ or to Mr Simmonds at BNS, 18, Badminton Road, Downend, BS16 6BQ.
Toys and gifts can be delivered to The Post reception on our building's fourth floor in Temple Way.