We have been inundated with toys from readers who want to help make Christmas special this year for less fortunate children.
In an extra boost, Baytree Garden Centre has donated over 280 toys to the appeal for children in South Holland.
John Birch, of Baytree Garden Centre, said: “We are really pleased to support the appeal again this year.
“We have donated around 280 toys for three to six year olds.
“This appeal means a lot to Baytree and no one wants to think of children without a present at Christmas, so we hope that this appeal will help.”
You too can help the joint campaign by The Lincolnshire Free Press, We’ll Let Your House, Beales, Sainsbury’s and South Holland District Council, by grabbing an extra toy while Christmas shopping, or digging out a second hand toy that is in a good state of repair.
Take them along to one of the drop points at The Lincolnshire Free Press offices in The Crescent (open between 10am and 2pm), the toy department at Beales, the We’ll Let Your House office in Broad Street Business Centre, the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s Spalding and the reception at South Holland District Council, and they will be wrapped and presented to children who probably will not receive anything this year due to financial or social reasons.
Harry Drury, director at We’ll Let Your House, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the massive, generous response we have had from the community in donating presents and would like to thank everyone for their continued support and donations – it’s humbling to see the lengths people go to in order to help those who need it the most at such a delicate time of year for certain families.
“A special thank you this week must go to John from Baytree Garden Centre for donating 288 presents to the appeal which in turn will result in 288 children who may not have received a present this year, actually now having something to open on Christmas morning. For a local business to donate so generously to their local community is extremely admiral and must not go unheard.
“I would also like to thank Jen from Acorn Childcare in Spalding who organised a dressing up day where the children paid £1 to come in fancy dress. As a result of this, they have bought several toys to donate to the campaign which again will make a lot of children in our area very happy this Christmas.”
If you need some help with toys this Christmas, send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kat Wakefield, Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AB.