Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children

St Helens town hall
St Helens town hall

GENEROUS St Helens residents are being encouraged to help make Christmas special for youngsters who otherwise would not receive gifts.

St Helens Council is once again running a gift appeal to help disadvantaged children aged from birth to 18.

Distribution points have been set up across the town and the council’s children and young people’s services department has also released a list of gift ideas.

Coun Andy Bowden, St Helens Council cabinet member for children, families and young people, said: “Sadly, the gifts that we collect may be the

only ones received in many local homes.

“So I’d urge everyone to do what they can to make Christmas happen for those going through difficulties and thank those who have already contributed.

“Their efforts will help to ensure a happy Christmas and bring some much-needed joy to many young people.”

St Helens Council is looking for rattles, books, mobiles and teething toys for children aged up to three and suggests toys, games, books, art and craft sets for those aged up to 12 years old.

The local authority is also hoping for donations of toiletries, cosmetics and books for teenagers and pyjamas, scarves, gloves and hats and slipper socks for children of any ages.

Soft toys cannot be accepted for safety reasons.

Collection points have been set up at St Helens town hall, Atlas House on Corporation Street, the fifth floor of Wesley House on Corporation Street and the Central Library.

Gifts are also being accepted at the Central Link, Parr, Fourways, Thatto Heath, Sutton and Newton Children’s Centres.

The deadline is Friday December 18.