Christmas Toy Appeal gathers pace

Captain Elizabeth Smith and Lieutenant Brenda Wise from the Ribble Valley branch of the Salvation Army at the launch of the 2016 Christmas Toy Appeal.
Captain Elizabeth Smith and Lieutenant Brenda Wise from the Ribble Valley branch of the Salvation Army at the launch of the 2016 Christmas Toy Appeal.

The 2016 Salvation Army and Clitheroe Advertiser and Times Christmas Toy Appeal is quickly gathering pace as it moves into December.

Toys for all ages, from babies to teenagers are being received at the Salvation Army Shop in Lowergate, Clitheroe and at the Skipton Building Society in Market Place.

Captain Elizabeth Smith from the Ribble Valley branch of the Salvation Army said that the shortage areas are the same as most years.

She said: “We have yet again been bowled over by the kindness of people who are donating all manner of toys and presents for the many children and teenagers we are dealing with in the Ribble Valley.

“Last year, we helped in the region of 420 families and the number of referrals we are receiving indicates that the number will be higher again for this year.

“We have received a couple of larger donations from local companies, which has enabled us to fill the gaps for the age groups we have less toys and gifts for – typically for babies under the age of three and teenagers.”

l The Salvation Army Christmas lunch will welcome anyone who will otherwise be alone this Christmas day. Transport can be provided.