Churches in Swindon will once again be running a Christmas toy appeal with the aim of bringing a little hope and happiness to local families* living in desperate need, so they can have presents to wake up to on Christmas morning.
We're asking individuals, groups, and organisations for donations of new toys to suit ages 0-17.
Please drop any donations off at one of the donation points no later than Sunday 03 December.
Please don't wrap your donated gifts, but you're welcome to donate wrapping paper.
You can also buy a present online (i.e. from Amazon) and have it delivered straight to the Bible Society (address in the donation points below).
If you'd like to make a financial donation instead, you can do so by clicking here.
We also need some volunteers to help make it all happen. If you're up for spending a few hours helping to sort presents out, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All families will be nominated by social workers, schools, churches, and support organisations across Swindon.
Gift drop-off locations
Bible Society, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon, SN5 7DG · Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-4:00pm; and Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm · Please drop off at the main reception or buy online and get it delivered here.
Freshbrook Church, Worsley Road, Freshbrook, Swindon, SN5 8NU · Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm.
Haines Watts, Old Station House, Newport Street, Swindon, SN1 3DU · Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm · Please ask for Bex or Naomi.
Renew Swindon CIC, Chippenham Close, Penhill, Swindon, SN2 5DB · Monday, 10:00am-1:00pm; Tuesday, 10:00am-4:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am-4:00pm; Friday, 1:30-4:30pm.
Howden Insurance, 90/92 Commercial Road, Swindon, SN1 5PD · Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-Midday.
Asda Walmart, Orbital Shopping Park, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, SN25 4BG · Monday, 6:00am-midnight; Tuesday-Friday, open 24 hours; Saturday, midnight-10:00pm; Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Gorse Hill Baptist Church, Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 1AA · Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 11:00am-2:00pm.
Even Swindon Primary School, Pasture Close, Raybrook Park, Swindon, SN2 2UJ · Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.
Tregoze Primary School, Sleaford Close, Swindon, SN5 6JU · Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.
St. Catherine's Catholic Primary School, Davenwood, Swindon, SN2 7LL · Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm.
Abbey Farm ET Primary School, Diamond Crescent, Abbey Farm, Swindon, SN25 2SJ · Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.
Tesco, Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN1 2EH · Monday-Saturday, 6:00am-midnight; Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Stuck for what to buy?
We want to bless every child with a new gift this Christmas, so we're unable to take used or second-hand items.
Here's a list of suggestions for different ages:
- Dolls and action figures - to encourage imaginative play and help children to learn nurturing skills and build empathy. This also includes soft toys, such as Squishmallows, teddy bears, etc.
- Learning / educational toys - including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) toys.
- Construction toys - including magnetic toys, such as Magna-tiles and Smart Max, to Duplo, Lego, etc.
- Cars and transport - including Hot Wheels, transporters, remote control, garages, etc.
- Kids' art and craft - this could include anything from Playdoh and slime to stationery, pens, crayons, and science kits, or products such as baking and gardening kits.
- Pretend play toys - these are excellent for developing storytelling skills and include role play costumes, play kitchen items, etc.
- Games, puzzles, and books - including board games, jigsaws, tabletop arcade games, etc.
- Sports items - particularly footballs, NERF guns, etc.
- Baby items - including baby clothes, rattles, etc.
- Make-up and toiletries - including lip balms, and items for hair and nails.
- Electronic gadgets - including LED strip lights, ring lights for TikTok, wireless ear-buds, LED glitter lamps, phone accessories, etc.
- Books, games, and puzzles - those aimed at teenagers rather than younger children.
- Sports items - such as footballs, etc.
- Gift vouchers.