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Dig deep to help deserving children as part of this year's Christmas Toy Appeal
GIVING children a very special Christmas is the reason one Portland store is backing the Echo’s 2013 Christmas Toy Appeal.
Shoppers at the Co-op store in Easton Square are being urged to donate a toy into the store’s appeal bin.
Last year thousands of new toys were donated to underprivileged children across Dorset to unwrap on Christmas Day.
Organisers of the appeal hope that this year even more will be donated to help local needy youngsters.
The Co-op store on Portland has been supporting the Echo’s Christmas Toy Appeal for over 10 years.
Store deputy manager Ian Price said: “I think the appeal is a really brilliant idea. It gives children who are not very fortunate or perhaps not as fortunate as most, the opportunity to have a really special Christmas.
“I would encourage shoppers to the store to please put whatever they can afford to into the collection bin, because it will go towards a great scheme that helps those less fortunate.”
Toys can be donated to appeal bins in shops and businesses across the area.
Shoppers can drop something in when they are out and about doing their Christmas shopping.
The appeal is also looking for businesses willing to donate £100, which will top up the funds raised by the appeal and ensure every child who has signed up receives a gift at Christmas.
All the gifts collected will go to children who may have been suffering abuse, neglect, be living in refuges with their mothers or may be in the care of families who simply cannot afford to buy them something special for Christmas.
Echo offices in Weymouth and Dorchester are also accepting donations.
BUSINESSES: We are looking for 30 businesses to donate £100 each for our appeal.
This has been amazingly successful in previous years and has been the main way that the toy appeal has been able to provide so many toys and gifts to needy children.
All those donating £100 will be featured in the Echo.
To donate £100 call Debbie Hellaby on 01305 830815 or email debbie.hellaby@ dorsetecho.co.uk
WHERE YOU CAN DONATE:
Bridport and Lyme Regis News, Bridport
The Co-op, Easton, Portland
Dorset Echo, Dorchester
Dorset Echo, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth
Goulds Garden Centre, Littlemoor
Howleys Toymaster, Weymouth
Howleys Toymaster Lego shop, Weymouth
Howleys Toymaster pre-school shop, Weymouth
Value House, Weymouth
WH Smith, Dorchester
WH Smith, Weymouth
Daniels Fish and Chips, Littlemoor
Daniels Fish and Chips, Abbotsbury Road
Daniels Fish and Chips, Wyke Regis
Curtis Wright, Bridport
Fish and Fritz, Weymouth
Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth
Greg Cameron-Day, Dorchester
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