Owner of Sugar and Spice, Gaynor Wood, is pictured with Cllr Annette Davies
Residents and businesses are being invited to help ensure no child in Rhondda Cynon Taf misses out on Christmas this year, with the launch of the annual Santa Appeal.
Launching on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the Santa Appeal invites the public to contact a hotline, where they will be given the name and age of a child they can buy a gift for, as well as details of how the present can be taken to a local collection point.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council officers have set up the Santa Appeal hotline on 01443 425025. Presents can be handed in until Friday, December 6 and every present counts – it does not have to be large or expensive - it’s the thought that counts.
If you would like to donate a gift, please contact the hotline. Lines are open from 8.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday, from November 5 to November 29.
Cllr Annette Davies, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services said: "Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and businesses who support the Council’s Santa Appeal, buying gifts to ensure no child misses out on Christmas.
"Thanks to them, 2,000 children in need had at least one present to open on Christmas Day last year and we are hoping even more do not miss out on the magic in 2013. All we ask is that the gift is placed in a gift bag, rather than being wrapped, and taken to a collection point by December 6."
Owner of Sugar and Spice in Pontypridd, Gaynor Wood, kindly donated toys to help launch this year’s appeal.
"We are very grateful to Sugar and Spice for their generous donation," said Cllr Davies, who went along to meet Gaynor at the shop in Pontypridd Market.
* The owners of Sugar and Spice have kindly offered a 10 per cent discount on toys being bought especially for the Santa Appeal. When you phone the appeal hotline, you will be given a reference number. Please make a note of this reference number and quote it when buying a toy for the appeal at Sugar and Spice.