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 12 with new toys and books. The presents are new as we want the child to feel no different from any other children opening their gifts on Christmas morning.
We also give each family a large food hamper full of everyday food items as well as including a few extra luxuries to help them enjoy the Christmas holidays. As at Easter time 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.
The Christmas presents we give the families are not wrapped as they are given to the parents to present to their own children. We do not want the kids thinking their gift is a charity present.
We remain incredibly grateful to all our supporters throughout the region 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 goods 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 or book suitable for a child up to 12 years old. Suggested value £10. No high value items please and do remember older children!
• 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 2016.
• 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 in your local area or place of work. Contact us on 0161 834 3140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 11th December. We are then accepting donations at Wood Street Mission until Monday 21st December.
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