Help make this a special one

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LAST Christmas, more than 150 families had a special one - thanks to the generosity of Brighouse Echo readers.

This year Brighouse Salvation Army and the Echo want to make its Toy Appeal better than ever - and Superdrug in Commercial Street has pledged its support.

Unwrapped donations are now urgently needed of new toys, books and games as well as selection boxes and gift vouchers.

Major Ann Radford of Brighouse Salvation Army said: “We know from last year just what a difference the Echo Toy Appeal made to so many families. We appreciate that times are difficult this year for a lot of people but we would ask them to think about those who are less fortunate.

“People need not spend a lot of money - if they have managed to get a bargain at the supermarket or a three for the price of two offer, we would ask them to consider the toy appeal. Teenagers are often overlooked and gifts of make up, CDs, books and vouchers make ideal presents for older children.”

New gifts or toys in good-as-new condition can be dropped of at the Echo office from 9am to 1pm Monday to Wednesday and at the Salvation Army, King Street, in the following hours: Monday 9am-noon, Wednesday 9am to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm, Thursday 9am to 3pm, Saturday 9am to noon and Sunday during hours of worship.

Superdrug has also offered to act as a collection point and donations can be left there during normal shopping hours.

The Salvation Army works with Calderdale Council to distribute the gifts and strict confidentiality is maintained.