‘Journal’ Toy Appeal for the needy launch

Group pictured yesterday at the launch of the Derry Journal Christmas Toy Appeal 2015. From left are Arthur Duffy editor of The Derry Journal, Sean McGroarty, Damien Gallagher, James Alcorn, Gareth McCrossan firefighters from 'Blue Watch' NIRFS Northland Road, Julie Mapstone from the Salvation Army and Bill Etherson from Saint Vincent De Paul. DER4915GS009
Group pictured yesterday at the launch of the Derry Journal Christmas Toy Appeal 2015. From left are Arthur Duffy editor of The Derry Journal, Sean McGroarty, Damien Gallagher, James Alcorn, Gareth McCrossan firefighters from 'Blue Watch' NIRFS Northland Road, Julie Mapstone from the Salvation Army and Bill Etherson from Saint Vincent De Paul. DER4915GS009

The ‘Journal’ is today asking the North-West public to dig deep and help make a local child’s Christmas.

Now in its 16th year, the ‘Journal’ Toy Appeal, which runs in conjunction with the Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul and the Northern Ireland Fire Service, collects presents for needy children of all ages.

Over the past decade, the campaign has helped bring Christmas cheer to thousands of local families. Remember that the person you are buying for could be your neighbour.

All we ask is that, while you are out shopping, you slip an extra present into your basket.

In these times of economic cutbacks, there has never been a more important time to contribute.

“Derry Journal” Editor, Arthur Duffy commented: ‘Derry people are famed for their generosity and year on year, our Toy Appeal has provided a lifeline to many families in need over the festive period.

“With your help, we can try to ensure no child misses out. Please put an extra toy in your trolley this year or, alternatively, donate some cash or a cheque to the appeal - all donations will go directly to families in need.”

Donations (new toys only) will be gratefully accepted to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ozanam House, 22 Bridge Street or at the Salvation Army, John Street.

You can also drop presents off at Northland Road Fire Station, or at the “Derry Journal” Offices.

If you prefer to make a donation other than toys, you can send cheques to: Toy Appeal, “Derry Journal,” 113-118 Duncreggan Road, BT48 0AA (please make cheques payable to ‘Derry Journal’.)