Do you need the help of our Give a Gift Appeal?

Editor Jeremy Ransome with donations for the Christmas toy appeal
Editor Jeremy Ransome with donations for the Christmas toy appeal

A resounding thank you to everyone who has already donated toys to our 2013 Give a Gift appeal.

With just over a week to go until the end of the appeal, we are now keen to hear from families who would benefit from this amazing generosity.

The offices of the Lincolnshire Free Press and We’ll Let Your House, as well as the toy department at Beales department store in Spalding, have been inundated with hundreds of toys and games to help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas morning.

The idea is to make sure every child in South Holland has something to unwrap on the big day.

So if you are a parent or carer who is struggling to make ends meet and could do with a helping hand to give your children the Christmas they deserve, let us know.

So far only a handful of letters have been received asking for help – and we need more.

All you need to do is send a letter, marked for the attention of Tracey Sweetland, to the Lincolnshire Free Press at Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, PE11 1AB, with your name, address, telephone number and the details of your children, as well as a brief explanation of why you would benefit from help from the Give a Gift Appeal.

All applications will be considered and it could mean Santa’s little helpers will be turning up on your doorstep with some gifts.

And there’s still time to donate more toys to give lots of boys and girls a very merry Christmas.

While you are doing your Christmas shopping, would you consider adding another small gift to your basket?

It does not need to be expensive and can be for a boy or girl aged from toddler to 12 years.

We are also grateful for donations of good quality and clean second hand toys.

Cash donations will also be added to the £200 pledged by the Lincolnshire Free Press, We’ll Let Your House and Beales at the start of the appeal to buy more toys.

Rhona Pieczka, manager of Beales, said: “The toy appeal is going really well, people are being so generous.

“We have a good amount of pre school and some wonderful homemade toys, we now need some items for older children, perhaps five to 12 year olds, to fill the gaps.

“I have been surprised how many people have donated. Thanks to all of you.

“We will be here taking the donations until the last minute.”

Jeremy Ransome, editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press, said he had been overwhelmed by the response to the toy appeal so far.

He said: “Once again our readers have shown how generous they are by going all out to support our campaign to give children a happy Christmas.”

All donations of toys can be dropped off at the Lincolnshire Free Press office in The Crescent, at We’ll Let Your House at Broad Street Business Centre, or at Beales by December 18.