ECHO readers have once again proved their generosity with an overwhelming response to this year’s Toy Appeal.
Dolls, clothes, sweets, smellies and even a Christmas Radio Times have been donated.
And there’s still a day left for anyone who still wants to give.
The last collections from our checkpoints around the city will take place tomorrow and Thursday morning.
The annual appeal was started more than ten years ago to help the poorest children and families in Wearside.
Everything collected goes to Wearside Women in Need, B2B+, a Hendon Project for young parents, the Sunderland Orphans Educational Foundation and the George Hudson charity, both of which help children who’ve lost their fathers.
Acting Echo editor Richard Ord said: “Our readers never let us down when it comes to the Toy Appeal, and I’d like to thank everyone who has donated.
“The office has been flooded with bags and bags of donations and we’re incredibly grateful.
“Not everyone has the best time at Christmas, and we want to make sure that we can help as much as possible to role out some festive cheer for everyone.
“If people can dig deep and give the toy appeal one final boost that would be amazing.”
The checkpoints are:
•Echo House, Pennywell.
•Echo Office, High Street West.
•Sainsbury’s, The Galleries in Washington.
•Asda Customer Services, Leechmere.
•Asda Customer Services, Byron Place, Seaham.
•Morrisons, Doxford Park.
•The Bridges Customer Services Desk.
•The University of Sunderland Gateway building, Chester Road.
•Olivers Dental Studio