A stunning response to our Toy Appeal has seen generous Wetherby News readers help donate more than 300 gifts to needy children in North Yorkshire.
Organisers of the Wetherby and District Toy Appeal this week revealed 330 gifts - bound for children in Wetherby and Tadcaster who may otherwise have woken up on Christmas morning with no presents to open - have been donated.
And appeal organiser David Dawson of Wetherby Baptist Church believes that figure will rise, with generous residents expected to continue to give neglected or needy children a chance to celebrate Christmas.
Mr Dawson said: “We are so pleased with the response so far. We don’t have a target for the amount of gifts we want, and if we don’t match last year’s total, it won’t be a dismal failure!
“This is the third year of the appeal, and I think more people in the district are aware of it now.”
Children within 15 miles of Wetherby and in Tadcaster are to benefit, with Salvation Army workers distributing donations among known families.
Gifts such as pencil cases, make-up bags and clocks for teenagers are suggested, as well as cuddly toys for younger children.
Mr Dawson said: “It seems strange that people in the Wetherby area are in need of this kind of help but in these hard times it’s a real problem.”
The team will be operating a pop-up centre on Wetherby’s Church Street this Saturday between 9am and 4pm for people to drop off gifts, while donations of unwrapped gifts can be made to the Wetherby collection points at the Town Hall, Treasures Toys, Castlegate Toys or Rayners Opticians until Friday, December 20.
Mr Dawson said: “Bank Street Methodist Church are holding a special Gift Service on Sunday with the gifts presented there being donated to the Toy Appeal.