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Christmas toy appeal

During our Christmas toy appeal, you can donate gifts so local children who are less fortunate have presents to open on Christmas Day.

The appeal is organised by the charity 'Giving Back' which is run by council staff.

2021 Christmas toy appeal

You can donate gifts until Friday, 10 December 2021.

Our Christmas Toy Appeal is a way of spreading a little festive magic, ensuring children who have had the hardest of years have a gift to open and taking the pressure off their parents. It depends 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. We know through our work with food banks and in the community that the day to day challenges felt by many local families only got tougher as a result of the pandemic and for many it will again be a difficult time.

Christmas will be a struggle for thousands of families but we still want to try to make sure that every child in the borough wakes up on Christmas morning with presents waiting for them and with your help, we could make this possible. We'll ensure all gifts go to local homes who need them most and I know from experience how much joy your thoughtful gifts will bring.

People's generosity to the toy appeal goes a long way, we know it's a challenging time for many but if you can buy an extra present this year then you'll really bring some festive joy to a local young person.

Wrapped Christmas gifts.

How to donate a toy or gift

The deadline for dropping off or delivering gifts is Friday, 10 December 2021.

To donate a toy or a gift you can:

  • Purchase a gift and drop it off at one of the local collection points.
  • Order a gift online and request it be delivered directly to the appeal at the address below.

Dropping your gift off at a collection point

Delivering your online gift

Have your gift delivered straight to the Christmas toy appeal at:

Giving Back
Christmas Toy Appeal
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Toys donated to the Christmas toy appeal.

Toys and presents you can give

You can donate any toy or gift which is:

  • New
  • Preferably not gift wrapped
  • Suitable for a child aged 0–16 years old

Rochdale Giving Back Christmas Toy Appeal particularly welcomes presents for teenagers as they don't usually receive as many for this age group.

Please think about the environment when buying your gift

With a climate emergency across the world, we're committed to doing more to protect the planet. Everyone has a part to play, and we're also using the toy appeal to highlight the impact excess production and consumption has and encouraging people to donate gifts that use materials that don't negatively impact the environment.   

  • Try to avoid single use plastics
  • Look for toys made of sustainable materials
  • Go for an eco-friendly brand or support a local shop
  • Consider buying an educational toy that will help children develop practical skills

Businesses who are supporting the Christmas toy appeal

Rochdale Borough Council does not endorse the organisations supporting the Rochdale toy appeal and does not endorse the views they express or the products or services they offer.

Rochdale Giving Back Christmas Toy Appeal would like to say, 'thank you' to all the local businesses for supporting the 2020 Christmas toy appeal by donating services and time.

Previous Christmas toy appeals

In 2020 you donated a record 6,000 toys, which council staff then distributed to local children.

You have helped provide some much needed festive cheer for thousands of children and teenagers since the appeal began in 2014.

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