Toy donations continue for Clitheroe's Christmas appeal

The number of poor children requiring help continues to rise which means even more toys and gifts are needed for this year’s Christmas toy appeal.

Capt Elizabeth Smith of The Salvation Army, Clitheroe
Capt Elizabeth Smith of The Salvation Army, Clitheroe

And thanks to the generosity of members of the public, toys and books are continuing to roll in for struggling families.

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times and the Ribble Valley branch of the Salvation Army have once again teamed up to launch their annual toy appeal to help families and children who might otherwise go without this Christmas.

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For the 17th year running, the generosity of Valley residents is once again being called upon to help families less fortunate than themselves. However, this year more than ever, your toy donations matter.

The financial impact of Covid-19 has caused an unprecedented challenge for thousands of the most vulnerable low income families and individuals. Thousands of people have lost their jobs due to their workplace closing and have been particularly hard hit just before Christmas.

We are appealing for the donation of new toys and gifts for different age groups from babies to teenagers.

Capt Elizabeth Smith, of the Salvation Army, Clitheroe, said: "We are very grateful to everyone who has donated toys so far. Thank you also to those who have donated from our online lists. This is very helpful to us. Thank you for the little gift notes in the parcels too. I can’t thank you all by name, but I have read, and am keeping each one.

"Please keep the toys coming. Don’t forget the in betweeners – girls and boys between nine and 13 years.

"We are accepting referrals from agencies and families. Please ring Elizabeth on 07709 351 394 to submit a referral. We will do our best to help every family who are struggling, and need help. If we can take some of the worry away, with the kind help of our community, we are very happy to do so. The Toy appeal is run with discretion and safety. Information is dealt with in accordance with data protection.

"Every child, no matter what their circumstances, should wake up on Christmas day with something special to open and a smile on their face."

For people wishing to donate toys, they can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 31/31A, Lowergate, Clitheroe (The old Job Centre) Monday to Friday between 10am to 12-30pm. Only new toys accepted.