Help Wood Street Mission's Christmas Appeal 2016

Help local families struggling to make ends meet by donating new toys and food to our Christmas Appeal

What do we provide?

At Christmas we provide children up to the age of 18 with new toys and gifts. The presents are new as we want the child to feel no different from any other children opening their gifts on Christmas morning.

This year we will also have everyday food items as well as luxury food items and treats available in our community shop here at Wood Street, for families to pick from and help them enjoy the Christmas holidays. The extended school holidays during this time of year really can be a stressful time for many parents who may struggle with the extra costs of providing meals for their children, when they might normally receive free school meals during the week.

We rely on support from the local community who organise collections or simply add an extra item to their own shopping trolley in the run up to Christmas. Local companies and manufacturers also make donations of presents and food, and raise funds to help us meet the ever increasing numbers referred to us each Christmas for help.

Last year we gave new toys and food to over 2,000 families and 4,500 children. This year we expect the numbers referred
to us to be even higher. Help us ensure all local kids can join in the fun and festivities.

How can I help?

• Donate a new toy, gift, book, toiletries or new clothes suitable for a children and young people up to 18 years old. Suggested value £10. No high value items please and do remember older children and we struggle to secure enough donations for this age group.

• Donate non-perishable food suitable for families. We are looking for donations of tinned fish, meat, beans, fruit, vegetables, soup, pasta sauce, pasta, rice, long life juice or milk, biscuits, confectionery. All food should have an expiry date of no earlier than January 2017.

• Give to our Appeal online at www.justgiving.com/woodstreetmission or set up your own Justgiving fundraising page.

• Organise a collection, raffle or carol service at your office, school, community group or church. Or spreading the word by displaying an Appeal poster (coming soon!) in your local area or place of work. Contact us on 0161 834 3140 or email sophie@woodstreetmission.org.uk.

Please do not wrap any presents as we will have to remove any wrapping paper before distributing your kind gifts. If you wish you can donate a sheet or roll of wrapping paper which we can distribute to families to help them with the costs of these.

Please ring the office on 0161 834 3140 to book for your Christmas donations to be collected before our final collection date on Friday 16th December. If you are dropping off donations at Wood Street Mission please drop them before Monday 19th December.

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