Article date – 23 October 2018
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Developing Children, Councillor Joe Pearson said: “Our annual gift appeal has been a huge success since it first launched in 2010, with tens of 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.”
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.
For health and safety reasons, soft toys cannot be accepted and it is asked that gifts are bought as new and are not wrapped.
Collection Points have been set up in various town centre locations including:
· St Helens Town Hall
· Atlas House
· Wesley House
· St Helens Libraries
· Central Link Children’s Centre, Westfield Street
While donations can also be made at:
· 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.
The deadline for donations is Monday 17 December 2018.
For more information, contact Tracy Sexton by calling 01744 676563.