Nov 26 2010 by Sharon Liptrott, Dumfries Standard Friday
Standard Toy Appeal 2010 is underway
STANDARD readers are rallying to support this year’s Standard Christmas Toy Appeal.
And the shops involved in this year’s campaign are rising to the challenge of giving underprivileged children in Nithsdale a present to unwrap on December 25.
None more so than at Marks and Spencer in Dumfries where staff in the coffee shop are pulling out all stops to encourage shoppers to take one of our named tags on their Christmas tree and return it with a gift suitable for theage of the child’s name it bears.
Store manager Louise McIlroy said: “We are delighted to help this year’s appeal and are asking our customers to give generously.”
And it is a similar story at the Argos and Boots stores in the town, and at Tesco in Cuckoobridge and at the Peel Centre.
For the 2010 Standard Christmas Toy Appeal, we are asking our readers to again rise to the challenge of donating a new toy, gift voucher, cash or chocolate treat for an unknown child.
We know that money is tight in this difficult economic climate but every donation, however small, will make a huge difference to those who need to feel the magic of Christmas the most.
A gift voucher/card, selection box or tube of sweets are all as welcome as a cuddly toy, doll, boxed game, car set, arts and crafts, construction kit, toiletry set or whatever else you could generously donate to make a child or young person’s eyes shine on Christmas morning.
Why not take advantage of the three for two offers in local shops and give the free gift to the Standard Toy Appeal?
Helping the toy appeal, which closes on December 17, could not be simpler ... you don’t even need to wrap them.
We welcome anything from baby toys to toiletry packs for teenagers, but we must stress that all gifts should be new and any cuddly toys have to have their tags on.
Simply hand in any gifts of toys, gift cards or vouchers, cash, or selection boxes/sweets at our offices Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.45pm.
You can also post in cheques (made payable to “The Toy Appeal”) at: Toy Appeal, Dumfries and Galloway Standard, Park Lane, Dumfries, DG1 2AX.
You can also leave toys and chocolate at the following stores during opening hours:
lMarks and Spencer, Loreburn Centre (coffee shop)
lArgos, Loreburn Centre
lBoots, High Street
lTesco Extra, Cuckoobridge Retail Park
lTesco supermarket, Peel Centre.
The Halifax Bank of Scotland in Dumfries’ High Street still has our special account open for people to donate cash to the appeal. Simply call in and make a deposit for the toy appeal using roll number 2/65130660-5.
lAnyone who believes they may be eligible for gifts from the Toy Appeal and are not on an agency list is invited to call into our offices to collect an application form from our reception desk.
Or, contact reporter Sharon Liptrott at 01387 240330 for a form which must be returned for Wednesday, December 8.
We also want to hear from any businesses, works colleagues, organisations or individuals who want to make a donation.