It’s that time of the year again - the Express is asking its readers to help make Christmas special for youngsters across the south east of the district.
We have launched our Christmas Toy Appeal 2015 in partnership with South Elmsall Town Council and the Westfield Centre Food Bank to make sure the festive season is a happy time for everyone.
The aim is to make sure every youngster across Hemsworth and South Elmsall has at least one gift under the tree on Christmas morning.
We are asking our readers to donate a new gift for children aged from newborn to 16.
The toys will be distributed by the food bank to needy and disadvantaged children and the families who are most in need.
Clare Baxter, town clerk at the council, said: “We have decided to ask for donations of toys, as well as food, this Christmas because a lot of families have told staff that they just do not know how they will cope with buying gifts for their children.
“We meet families in need on a regular basis so we will be able to make sure that each gift goes to the right child, and that each toy is given to a child in our area.”
Gemma Jimmison, Express co-ordinator, said: “If families are struggling anyway then Christmas could just tip them over the edge financially.
“We want to make sure that all children have a present to wake up to.
“We’ve always had such a good response and we are hoping this year will be no different, in fact it would be great to collect more toys than ever before.
“The Westfield Food Bank covers a range of areas, including SESKU, Hemsworth, South Hiendley, Havercroft and Ryhill, so the appeal really will be helping children all over our area.”
Gifts should be new and unwrapped so that food bank staff can distribute them to the right child.
Toys can be dropped off at the Westfield Centre, Westfield Lane, during opening hours. The food bank itself is open from 10am to 2pm every Friday.
They can also be donated at the Hemsworth Town Council Community Centre, Bullenshaw Road, between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2.30pm on Saturday.
The closing date for donations is 1pm on Friday, December 18, so they can be handed out before Christmas Day.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mrs Jimmison on 01924 433013 or Ms Baxter on 01977 642335.