Santa teams up with Fire Fighters for Toy Appeal

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Santa Claus has joined forces with Derry’s fire fighters as they delivered a sackful of goodies for the Derry Journal Toy Appeal.

The Big Man delivered a special message about Christmas Eve to boys and girls across the city, as the generous gifts donated by local people at the Northland Road Fire Station were unloaded and added to the many already left at the Journal offices throughout this month.

Santa Claus arrives at the Derry Journal along with Kevin Chester from Northland Road Fire Station, and were greeted on arrival by the Journal's Jacqui Diamond.

Santa Claus arrives at the Derry Journal along with Kevin Chester from Northland Road Fire Station, and were greeted on arrival by the Journal's Jacqui Diamond.

Big-hearted Derry people have reacted with characteristic kindness to the Toy Appeal this year. Now in its 15th year, the Journal Toy Appeal, which runs in conjunction with the Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul and the Fire Service, collects presents for children of all ages whose families suffer from poverty.

The Journal has asked that those who can afford it, while out shopping, to slip an extra present into your basket for a local child in need.

Kevin Chester, Crew Commander at Northland Fire Station praised the generosity of local people, saying: “We would like to thank everybody that has brought toys. We have one woman yesterday evening who spent £200 on toys and brought them to the Fire Station, and we are bringing them to the Derry Journal Office today.”

And Santa had this message for the children of Derry: “Hi boys and girls, bed early on Christmas Eve night, I want to see no peeping out the window. If you hear the sleigh bells just keep your eyes closed and don’t wake up until about 7 o’clock and sleep in your own bed all night. Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Donations of new toys are being gratefully accepted until Monday, December 22nd at St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Northland Road Fire Station, or the Derry Journal Offices. To make a donation, you can send cheques to Toy Appeal, Derry Journal, 113-118 Duncreggan Road, BT48 0AA.