Salisbury’s Great Big Christmas Toy Appeal is back for a second year, in the hope of bringing a smile to hundreds of vulnerable children this festive season.
The festive season can be a tough time for many families, especially after nearly two years of living through a global pandemic so Louise McConnell, of ReQuire Consultancy, is making sure all children have a present to open on Christmas morning.
She’s urging people to get involved by either purchasing a toy online or by making a donation on the appeal’s fundraising page.
Businesses can also get behind the campaign by collecting toys from staff and customers.
The appeal has been brought back this year following the success of the first appeal in 2020.
Last year they bought and delivered over 600 brand new toys and stocking fillers.
Some of the toys went to Little Folly’s Children centre. Salisbury Hospice received an entire van full for children visiting loved ones on Christmas day. The donations also ensured the Women’s refuge had a toy room and gifts for children fleeing violence over the Christmas period.
In total, it’s estimated that in excess of 400 children who wouldn’t have normally received anything last year, all had at least two Christmas presents and stocking fillers.
This year organisers are hoping to raise £1,500 to enable them to buy the toys for vulnerable children and, as we head towards Christmas, the message from Louise is: “we need you to help”.
The aim is to distribute the gifts on December 17 and 18 so people are asked to donations in before that date.
You find out more about the Christmas Toy Appeal head to their fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/greatbigtoyappeal