St Helens Council’s People’s Service department is calling on kind-hearted residents to make a disadvantaged child’s Christmas special by donating to its gift appeal.
As in previous years, the team is once again running the appeal for children aged from birth to 18 years of age who may not otherwise receive gifts.
Items such as rattles, teething rings, books, toys, toiletries and clothing will be most welcome – and with a shortage of gifts last year for boys aged between 7-12 years, it is asked that residents consider this age range when donating to the appeal.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Families, Young People and Education, Councillor Jeanette Banks said: “Our annual gift appeal has been a huge success since it first launched in 2010, with thousands of items donated by kind-hearted residents, businesses, and organisations.
“But sadly, the truth is that there are still many children and young people in the borough who are at risk of waking up on Christmas day without a single gift, so I’d encourage anyone who can to do what they can to bring some much needed joy into these youngsters lives at what should be the happiest time of the year.”
Collection points have been set up in various town centre locations including St Helens Town Hall; Atlas House; Wesley House and the Central Link Children’s Centre in Westfield Street.
While donations can also be made at other venues across the borough such as Parr Children’s Centre, Ashtons Green Drive; Fourways Children’s Centre, Burnage Avenue; Thatto Heath Children’s Centre, Brisbane Street; Sutton Children’s Centre, Ellamsbridge Road; Newton Children’s Centre, Patterson Street – and public libraries.
For health and safety reasons, soft toys cannot be accepted and it is asked that gifts are bought as new and are not wrapped.
The deadline for donations is Monday, December 18.
For more information, contact Tracy Sexton by calling 01744 676563, or email TracySexton@sthelens.gov.uk