A great start, but we still need your help this Christmas

Les Siddall and Samantha Binns with Christmas toy appeal goodies donated in last year's appeal
Les Siddall and Samantha Binns with Christmas toy appeal goodies donated in last year's appeal

The 21st annual toy appeal run by Ground Floor Project, at Salem Community Resource Centre, and supported by the Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News, is now into its second week and already many toys are arriving at the centre.

Les Siddall, chairman of the centre and Toy Appeal organiser, said: “We are pleased by the early response but we still need the generous support of the public by way of donations of toys and gifts especially for teenage boys and girls between 13 and 16. We are also glad to receive cash donations to enable us to buy new toys. Last year over 220 families benefitted from our appeal and I expect that it will be at least that number this year so please help with new gifts and toys or toys that are good as new.”

Toys, gifts and donations may be left with Les or centre manager Samantha Binns at Ground Floor Project, Salem Community Centre, Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. The last day to give toy and gift donations will be Friday, December 13.

Toys will be distributed to families in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Luddenden Fot. If you have children up to 16 years of age, or care for children who live with you and are on limited income and benefits - such as Income Support, Housing Benefit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Benefit - and wish to apply to receive toys and gifts donations you may register with Les at Salem Community Centre or with centre manager Samantha Binns on 01422 844991, or call in on Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 4pm bringing with you proof of your benefits. The last day to make such an application will be Thursday, December 12.

The distribution of toys and gifts will be made all day on Monday, December 16, and all day Tuesday, December 17, at Salem Community Centre.