Make a child smile with our Christmas toy appeal

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THERE is still a chance to have a heart this Christmas and put a smile on the face of a child by supporting our annual festive toy appeal.

This is the fifth year the Citizen has teamed up with Wisbech Salvation Army to run the Santa’s Suitcase appeal spear-headed by the travel branch at the Beales store in Church Terrace.

This year supermarket giants Tesco have come on board as collection points at Wisbech and March and have pledged £500 of vouchers to the Salvation Army for the appeal.

Due to health and safety regulations, we can only accept new and not second hand toys or knitted toys, but books are acceptable.

Items such as toiletries are also welcome for older teenagers and so are DVDs and games.

Your generosity has helped provide gifts for hundreds of children in disadvantaged families locally.

The appeal runs until Friday December 16 and donations can be left at the Citizen office at 11 Union Street, Wisbech, Co-op Travel at Beales, Church Terrace, Wisbech and both Tesco at Hostmoor Avenue, March and at Cromwell Road, Wisbech - gifts must be left unwrapped.

All toys collected will be delivered to families by Wisbech Salvation Army, working with local social services staff.

Salvation Army officer Major Rob Smart said: “Last year alone the appeal helped 40 families. In this day and age of cutbacks there will be a lot of people struggling to buy Christmas presents for their children who will be very grateful for this support.”