Delivering some Christmas magic

24 Nov 2020 12:44
Published by: Scott Callan


ROCHDALE’S annual toy appeal is now open to make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Christmas morning.

The appeal, organised by Rochdale Council’s staff-run ‘Giving Back’ charity for the past five years, is now accepting donations.

People are being asked to buy one extra present – a new, unwrapped gift suitable for a child up to 16 years of age.

Because of national coronavirus restrictions, the normal drop off points won’t be open this year so people are being asked to post their gift, or order online and send it straight to the council's main office, Number One Riverside, by Friday, December 4.

Helen Walton, from the Giving Back charity, said: “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.

“This year has been like no other, and we know through our work with food banks and in the community that the day to day challenges felt by many local families have only got tougher as a result of the pandemic.

“It can be a time of real pressure and hardship, making Christmas a struggle for many reasons. I 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 will do everything in our power to make this happen.

“We’ll ensure all gifts go to very worthwhile homes locally and I know from experience how much joy your thoughtful gifts will bring.”

Gifts for children from under one to 16 years of age are all welcome, but especially presents for teenagers, which organisers say were low in number last year.

Helen added: “Organising this year’s appeal in the middle of a pandemic is certainly more challenging, not least because our usual collection points have been forced to close, but 2020 has been such a tough year for so many that we’re more determined than ever to deliver some Christmas magic.”


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