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Give a Christmas gift – annual toy appeal asks for your help

30 October 2018

Helen Walton and Caroline Wolfenden holding gifts.

Very soon we will be seeking donations to this year's Christmas Toy Appeal, which helps make sure local children living in poverty have presents to open on Thursday, 25 December 2018.

The annual appeal organised by our staff-run 'Giving Back' charity will be collecting donations from Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

We ask residents and staff to buy one extra present – a new, unwrapped gift suitable for a child between 0-16 years-old and simply leave it at a local library by Friday, 14 December 2018.

Our staff, who distributed a record 2300 toys last year, will then make sure they reach the borough's less fortunate children in time for Christmas Day.

'We will ensure all your gifts go to very worthwhile homes in the borough'

Helen Walton, from our Giving Back charity, says:

"For many households Christmas is a time of real pressure and hardship, so our appeal aims to make sure that no child in the borough misses out. Thankfully, over the 4 years that we have been running this appeal our residents, staff and businesses have really got behind it, and once again we will have the support of Rochdale Herald's national Satire Aid appeal too.

We will ensure all your gifts go to very worthwhile homes in the borough and those that receive them get a lot of joy during what may otherwise have been a very meagre Christmas."

Toys can be dropped off from Wednesday, 14 November 2018 until Friday, 14 December 2018 at collection points at every library in the borough. Gifts for 0-16 year-olds are all welcome, but especially presents for teenagers that were low in number last year.

View details and opening times of your nearest drop off point.