Gifts are beginning to roll in for this year’s Hebden Bridge Toy Appeal which aims to distribute hundreds of goodies to disadvantaged families across the upper Calder Valley.
And appeal co-ordinator Les Siddall is encouraging residents and business owners to keep them coming.
“I’m amazed at the fantastic generosity shown by the people of the upper Calder Valley,” he said. “Lots of toys are coming in - most of them are actually new which is fantastic. But we still need gifts for teenage boys and girls.”
Some of the gifts already donated include: hovercrafts, designer handbags, books, children’s toys, games, arts and crafts, comics and more.
Mr Siddall said: “We have got three weeks left for people to donate gifts which will be distributed on December 16 and 17. I’d hate the thought of people missing out on giving something to a fantastic cause because they kept putting it off.”
One initiative that proved very popular last year was encouraging Christmas shoppers taking advantage of special “buy one, get one free” or “three for two” offers to spare one of their purchases for the appeal.
“We also take cash donations to enable us to buy gifts for the age groups we are short of gifts for,” Mr Siddall added.
Donated toys/gifts or cash can be left with Les Siddall or Samantha Binns at Salem Community Centre on any Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. The last day for gifts will be December 13.