Merry Christmas everyone!
Here are the stacks of toys, books and gifts donated by YOU, our generous readers to the Burnley Express and Salvation Army annual toy appeal.
Now in its 17th year, the people of Burnley and Padiham have shown they know the true spirit of Christmas by bringing in gifts by the sackful to our offices in Bull Street. The appeal ended last Friday but toys and presents were still pouring in from wellwishers.
Express Editor Mr Chris Daggett sent out a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation to the appeal.
He said: “Once again our readers have made this appeal a great success by donating so many gifts and toys.
“Times are hard for everyone at the moment but the community has rallied once again to make sure a lot of children will have some great presents to open on Christmas morning.’’
Other collection points for the toys were Costa Coffee in the Tesco store in Burnley, Asda in the town and Tesco in Padiham. And shoppers boosted the appeal further by filling several trolleys with presents.
Lt Maisie Veacock of the Salvation Army is now sorting through all the gifts with a team of volunteers to make sure they are delivered in time for Christmas Eve.
She said: “We have had some fantastic toys and gifts donated this year and I cannot thank everyone enough who has given to the appeal.
“So many people, especially a lot of the elderly in the community who do not have a lot of money to spare, have made a point of making a donation and we are very grateful. These wonderful gifts will make a difference to so many children who may not have had anything to open on Christmas morning.
“The true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Burnley and Padiham.’’