Launch of the 2015 Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal

Salvation Army Envoy Brenda Wise and Capt. Elizabeth Smith with children from the Ribblesdale Children's Nursery at the launch of this years Toy Appeal.
Salvation Army Envoy Brenda Wise and Capt. Elizabeth Smith with children from the Ribblesdale Children's Nursery at the launch of this years Toy Appeal.

This week sees the launch of the 2015 Christmas Toy Appeal by the Ribble Valley branch of the Salvation Army and the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.

Now in it’s 12th year, the ongoing success of the appeal is wholly due to the generosity of the people of the Ribble Valley and their willingness to help those less fortunate than themselves.

We are once again appealing for the donation of new toys and gifts for different age groups to help some of the most vulnerable families in the Ribble Valley enjoy Christmas.

Appeal co-ordinator Captain Elizabeth Smith of the Salvation Army said: “With the appeal now in its 12th year, some of the children who we have helped over the years are now grown up with families of their own. We have new names on our list every year and in 2014, the appeal helped 204 families who would have struggled to have any kind of Christmas without the amazing kindness of every single person who donated a toy.”

The premise of the appeal is that presents for any age of child or teenager can be donated, as long as they are new. The items will be distributed to families across the Ribble Valley, with the aim that each child receives a main gift, a craft item or game, a soft toy and a book.

Captain Smith continued: “The reason that we ask for new toys is because some of the children we help have never had a new toy that has not been previously belonged to someone else. Main presents are great, but we also greatly appreciate stocking fillers, like make up and toiletries for teenagers, and vouchers are great for the older kids to be able to choose something for themselves.

“Last year, we had a shortage of toys for boys, so we are asking people to bear this in mind for this year.

Toys can be dropped off at the Skipton Building Society in Market Place or at the Salvation Army shop on Lowergate, until Friday, December 18th, when they will be distributed directly to families in time for Christmas.

l Names are now being taken for the Salvation Army Christmas day luncheon – more details in next week’s paper.