Pembrokeshire charity Patch launches Christmas toy appeal
10:02am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
GIVE A GIFT: Patch charity will launch its Christmas toy appeal on October 25 at Cedar Court, Milford Haven. PICTURE: Western Telegraph (1352464)
FATHER Christmas made an early visit to Patch this week, to check the volunteer elves are working hard for the charity’s Christmas toy appeal.
Last year Patch (Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship) gave toys to more than 500 children in the county. Each child had four or five gifts along with a family game and sweets. Wrapping paper and sticky tape was also given to the parents, so they didn’t have to worry about a thing.
The deliveries were made by Frame. Patch co-ordinator Tracy Olin said the feedback they received was fantastic.
Now, the charity is asking for your help to give the gift of Christmas to local families.
“Many of our clients cannot afford to eat, so Christmas is a scary time. If you can help in any way we would really appreciate it,” said Tracy.
“If you are a member of a church, school or a business please consider doing a collection for us, it all stays in Pembrokeshire and we cover the whole of the county.”
The toy appeal will launch on October 25, from 2.30pm, at Suite 5, Cedar Court, Milford Haven. Father Christmas will visit and there will be mince pies, coffee and fun. Visitors can find out more about the appeal and why it is run.
Donations of toys are needed, suitable for 0-18years, from stocking fillers to toys and games. As well as the toys, the charity needs wrapping paper, sticky tape and cardboard boxes.
“Every year we run out of large boxes. We need huge boxes that will safely transport a load of sometimes big toys. We need to be able to seal these boxes easily and securely. We have run out every year so far,” said Tracy.
The ‘great sort’ will take place on December 14, 16 and 17 in Haven’s Head Business Park, Milford Haven.
Volunteers will be needed for the sort as well as people to make tea and coffee to help fuel the hard-working elves.
Tracy added: “You feel just like Father Christmas doing the sort. Every year I am amazed at people’s generosity, but I still panic though! It is hard work but great fun.”
Patch is always grateful for money donations to help enable them to buy more toys and pay for expenses in running the appeal.
Patch also has a new landline phone number, at its new base in the Haven’s Head Business Park – 01646 699275.
From December 1st the Haverfordwest base will relocate to Milford Haven.
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