Our toy appeal beats the chill

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EVEN in the most difficult financial times the people of Brighouse have shown their Christmas spirit in helping those less fortunate.

Thanks to Echo readers, the Salvation Army, organisers of toy services, the Superdrug store and volunteers this year’s appeal has seen over 600 gifts collected for children this Christmas - and more toys are still coming in.

Major David Radford, of Brighouse Salvation Army, said that this year’s collection was as good as previous years and makes it more of an achievement in the current economic climate.

“The generosity of people still amazes me,” he said. “Christmas is when we think of those who are vulnerable and feel it the most. It’s great to be part of a community that recognises this and try to bring something of the Christmas spirit to those people.”

Over the past four weeks, donations have been coming into the Echo office, the Salvation Army and at the Superdrug store on Commercial Street, who have been supporting the campaign and acting as a drop off point for gifts.

The huge task of wrapping all the presents ranging from CDs, books, board games and cuddly toys will be undertaken by a group of volunteers.

The presents will then be distributed by Calderdale Council’s Children services to families across the area and in West Yorkshire.

Last year more than 150 families had a special Christmas and it is hoped many more will have one this year.