West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are working together with Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids for the third year running to support the largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK, Mission Christmas.
The appeal is asking the general public to donate brand new, unwrapped gifts for children aged 0-18.
The gifts will then be redistributed to disadvantaged local children throughout West Yorkshire to make their Christmas morning special.
In 2016 they raised over £1.25 million in gifts and cash and made Christmas special for over 23,300 local children, and we want to help them do even more this year.
WYFRS will be offering a number of fire stations to act as drop off points for these gifts between the hours of 12pm – 2pm, and 5pm – 7pm each day.
Gifts must be unwrapped and in original packaging and we ask that members of the public do not leave any items outside the fire station if no-one is available to accept them.
Stations taking part are:
Bradford District: Bradford, Keighley, Shipley, Bingley
Leeds District: Leeds, Killingbeck, Moortown, Hunslet, Garforth
Kirklees: Huddersfield, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury
Wakefield District: Wakefield, Castleford
Charity Fundraising Executive Lauren Scarth said: “Last year was an amazing year and I want to thank the public for their support.
“This year we expect to receive a record number of applications and want to be able to help over 23,500 children. We can only do this with the generosity of our supporters and listeners of Radio Aire.
“We would like to say big thanks to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for their continued support. It’s heart-breaking to think that there are children in our area at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day but together we can make sure Christmas is magical for all children living in West Yorkshire”
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dave Walton, said: “Mission Christmas managed to help so many children in 2016. It’s wonderful to be a part of this heart-warming appeal for the third year running.
“Mission Christmas makes such a difference to those children who are at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day. We would encourage the people of West Yorkshire to buy just one extra present if they can manage it this Christmas and drop it off at one of our fire stations, where we will look after it before the gifts are collected by Father Christmas and his helpers!”
Radio Aire Mission for Christmas with Toy’s from Cleckheaton Green Watch STN O Ronnie Goldwater, Steve Ockerby , Zakir Khan and DCFO Dave Walton R Aire staff Alison Shillito Jackie Brooke William Halligan.