Generous locals have helped bring some festive cheer to those in need of a little extra help this Christmas.
A Christmas toy appeal run by McDonald’s Thorne in partnership with Thorne Rural Lions has exceeded all expectations, setting a new record in it’s second year. Over 500 gifts were donated during the appeal; more than four times the number collected last year.
The toys and gifts have all been handed over to Doncaster Council’s East area Stronger Communities team who will give them out to families in need of a little extra help this Christmas.
Mike O’Reilly, franchisee owner of McDonald’s Thorne, said: “This year’s toy appeal has been incredible. Last year we collected 130 toys and this year, thanks to the generosity of our customers and local people, we’ve got four times as many with 520 toys.
“I have to say a big thank you to the Thorne Rural Lions who were our partners in the appeal. This will make a huge difference to local families who may have needed a little help this year, and I’m sure the toys will have brought a smile to faces of many local children.
“Thanks once again to everyone who donated to the appeal, you really have made a difference this Christmas.”
Thorne Rural Lions said the appeal had been “very successful”. Thanking McDonald’s Thorne, staff at the IKEA distribution centre at Armthorpe, Smile-a-while members and “the many individuals who have generously donated”, Lion Barry Goforth added: “May we all continue to work together for the benefit of those less fortunate who need our help at Christmas and throughout the year.”
The donations collected by Mcdonald’s and Thorne Rural Lions add to others given to the Stronger Communities team in the run up to Christmas. David Ridge, Stronger Communities Manager for the East Area for Doncaster Council, said: “The Stronger Communities team in the East of Doncaster managed to collect over 1,000 gifts for children and young people, donated from a range of local businesses and community groups, with everything from the gifts themselves to the wrapping paper, and even the volunteers to wrap them.
“The gifts were given to families identified by ourselves and the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust to support families in the area who may be struggling financially, and we are glad to have been able to bring some cheer to our communities this Christmas.”
Our picture shows Auriol Henton (Thorne Rural Lions), Mike O’Reilly (McDonald’s Thorne) and Sandra Walker (DMBC Stronger Communities).