2015 Toy Appeal organisers need more donations

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.

The organisers of the 2015 Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal, in conjunction with the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, are asking the generous folk of the Ribble Valley to dig deep once again.

Launched last week, the appeal has already received many generous donations of toys for all ages of children to enjoy on Christmas morning.

But, explained Captain Elizabeth Smith of the Salvation Army, help is needed more than ever this year: “We are so very grateful to the people who have donated some wonderful gifts for all ages so far, but we cannot emphasise enough that we have many families, with children of all ages, to help. We rely so heavily on the generosity of the amazing people in the Ribble Valley and they’ve never failed us in all the years that the appeal has been running.

“Main presents for all ages are great and essential to the success of the appeal, but we also need stocking fillers, books and chocolates, and of course, make-up and toiletries for the older children and teenagers.”

Donations can be taken to the Salvation Army shop in Lowergate and the Skipton Building Society in Market Place up until Friday, December 18th.

l Names are now being taken for the Salvation Army Christmas Day Luncheon. Anyone who might otherwise be alone is welcome to join in the fun, regardless of age or circumstance (including single parents with children). Volunteers provide a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, the aim being to create the air of a “home from home” Christmas. Transport can be provided if necessary.