District toy appeal reaches final week

David Dawson and Pat Bishop of Wetherby Baptist Church.
David Dawson and Pat Bishop of Wetherby Baptist Church.

It is now the last week of the 2014 Wetherby and District toy appeal and the total amount of gifts donated so far has reached an impressive figure.

At a grand total of 308 as of this week, the appeal may be within reach of 500 gifts for children who could well go without this year.

The town’s Baptist church launched the annual appeal to help provide presents for children who might not receive gifts this Christmas.

Organisers said that though the area may seem affluent, there are many families in the district who do not have enough money to buy presents for their children.

Spokesman David Dawson told the Wetherby News: “We are so grateful to the many people who have let us have gifts, which will soon be setting off on their journey to brighten up Christmas for children who might otherwise be without.

“We know that some families find life quite bleak all through the year, and perhaps the actual gift will loose its impact after a short while, but it’s that knowledge that someone has cared enough to reach out in love and give that gift that will remain long after Christmas Day that is so important in this increasingly uncaring world.

“Lots of people left gifts at our town centre collection points, and these are still open up to and including December 12, at Vision Express, Treasure’s Toys, Castlegate Toys, and Margins Bookshop.

“Thank you all so much.”

Any gifts can also be taken to the Bay Horse in Kirk Deighton.

Presents, preferably priced £5-£15, are needed for all ages but especially ages 11-15 and can include toiletries, make-up, puzzles and games, soft toys and colouring books.

For a full list of suitable gifts, log on to www.toys.kk5.org