WITH Christmas fast approaching, the Salvation Army is calling on the Teignbridge community to donate new toys to its Christmas appeal to support families in need over the festive season. 

Salvation Army church leader Major Nigel Byrne said: ‘Every year we ask people to donate new toys and gifts to our Christmas present appeal so we can distribute them to families whose children would otherwise not receive a gift. 

‘Last year, we supported over 400 children with toys and already we’ve started receiving requests for support ahead of this Christmas.’

The church on Union Street Newton Abbot will be collecting donations of brand new unwrapped toys between November 18 and December 11. People wishing to donate can drop their kind contributions to various collection points around the Teignbridge area including, Tesco Superstore in Kingsteignton, The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey and The Salvation Army in Union Street, Newton Abbot

The appeaal’s Amazon wish list can be found at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/newton-abbot-church-community-centre 

Financial donations may be made direct the office in Union Street or by visiting their Just giving page accessed via the website 

Major Nigel said: ‘By adding an extra present or treat to your shopping list you can remind families facing a tough winter that their community cares. This year our appeal is themed Be a Star, encouraging our community to bring light and joy to families.

‘It also reminds us all of that first Christmas, when a star appeared in the sky to bring the shepherds and wise men to Bethlehem to discover new hope in the birth of Jesus. By “being a star” and donating to our Christmas appeal, people will shine a light in the dark for people who are struggling and in need at this special time of year.’

The Salvation Army will sort and distribute the gifts to children and families in the area through their networks of local Schools, action for children, health visitors and social services 

Gifts can include anything from soft and educational toys for the very youngest child, to games, toys, books and accessories for older children.