'˜Journal' Toy Appeal for the needy launch

The '˜Derry Journal'is again asking the North-West public to dig deep and help make a local child's Christmas extra special this year.

Friday, 2nd December 2016, 1:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:41 pm
Pictured yesterday at the launch of the Derry Journal Christmas Toy Appeal 2016 are Arthur Duffy editor of The Derry Journal (left) , Jackie Diamond and Geraldine Gallagher Derry Journal, Richie Baird and Stephen Aiken firefighters from 'Red Watch' NIRFS Northland Road, Julie Mapstone Salvation Army and Cormac Wilson Saint Vincent De Paul Senior Regional Vice President . DER4816GS48

Now in its 17th year, the ‘Journal’ Toy Appeal has proved highly significant for the charities involved, the local St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Salvation Army.

The appeal, which is also annually supported by the N. Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, continues to bring vital assistance to the charities as they attempt to make the festive season special for those many local families who struggle at this time of year.

As usual, the idea is simply to collect presents for needy children of all ages and over the past sixteen years, thanks to all those big hearted and generous people throughout the local community, the campaign has helped bring Christmas cheer to thousands of local families.


Indeed, the very child you may be buying for could well be for a member of a neighbouring family.

All we ask is that, while you’re out shopping, you simply slip an extra present into your shopping basket this Christmas.

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

‘Derry Journal’ Editor, Arthur Duffy, remains confident that the local community will, once again, step up to the mark by show its valued support.

“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,” said Arthur at yesterday’s launch.

“With your help, we can try to ensure no child misses out.

“So please, place an extra toy in your trolley this year or, alternatively, make a donation to our Christmas appeal.

“I can assure you, that all donations will go directly to local families in need.

“Over the years we have formed an excellent relationship with both the St. Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army and the Toy Appeal is considered one of our highlights of the year.”

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

You can also drop presents off at Northland Road and Crescent Link Fire Stations, or at the ‘Derry Journal’ offices, situated at the junction of Duncreggan Road and Pennyburn Pass.

If you prefer to make a donation other than toys, you may donate at the “Derry Journal” Offices 113-118 Duncreggan Road, BT48 0AAor directly to the charities involved.