More than 600 children can look forward to opening presents on Christmas Day thanks to the generous donations to this year’s toy appeal.
Warrington Borough Council has received a huge amount of donations to ensure children will receive a gift this Christmas to help families undergoing financial difficulties.
Children and young people aged 0 to 17 will receive a gift bag containing a set of pyjamas, chocolate and toys.
The donations, given by local businesses and residents, will make a huge difference to families who have struggled this year. Many organisations donated gift vouchers – forgoing their Christmas party nights, which have been unable to go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions – and donating to the appeal instead.
Cllr Tony Higgins, cabinet member for leisure and community said: “This year has been challenging for us all, particularly families on low income who may have been affected even more due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, Warrington residents have shown their generosity and care for others once again, as we have seen a huge increase in donations, at a time when referrals to the appeal have increased.
“The response has been immense and very humbling, and we cannot begin to thank you enough for your wonderful and generous donations this Christmas. We have been able to ensure that many local families and countless more children have something to look forward to this festive season, at the end of this difficult year.”
Thanks go to the council’s Neighbourhood team, who organised the appeal, liaised with families and distributed gifts. Special thanks must also go to the council’s Central 6 Community Forum who donated 450 pairs of pyjamas, and staff at Torus Housing who helped with picking, packing and delivering the Christmas gift bags to families.