Churches in Swindon are launching 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 are asking individuals, groups and organisations for donations of new toys to suit ages 0 – 16.
Please drop any donations off at one of the donation points no later than Monday 07 December.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made the difficult decision not to run the Christmas Party events again this year and will, instead, be delivering the presents directly to the families.
Please do not wrap your donated gifts, but you are welcome to donate wrapping paper.
If you would like to make a financial donation instead, you can do so by clicking here. Make sure to select ‘Christmas Toy Appeal’ in the drop-down box under ‘My donations are for’.
*All families will be nominated by social workers, churches and support organisations across Swindon.
Gift drop-off locations
Bible Society, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon, SN5 7AR. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:00pm. Please drop off at the main reception.
Freshbrook Church, Worsley Road, Freshbrook, Swindon, SN5 8NU. Monday-Tuesday, 9:00am-1:00pm, and Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm.
Haines Watts, Old Station House, Newport Street, Swindon, SN1 3DU. Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm. Please call ahead before dropping off a donation on 01793 533838.
Renew Men’s Shed, Chippenham Close, Penhill, Swindon, SN2 5DB. Friday, 1:30-4:00pm.
Tesco Extra, Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN1 2EH. Monday-Saturday, 6:00am-midnight, and Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.
St. Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Davenwood, Swindon, SN2 7LL. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:00pm.
Tregoze Primary School, Sleaford Close, Swindon, SN5 6JU. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm.
Stuck for what to buy?
We want to bless every child with a new gift this Christmas, so we are unable to take used or second-hand items.
0-3: Dolls, teddy bears, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles, educational toys (sorting) and role play items.
3-5: Dolls and action figures, cars and lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles, Play-Doh sets and role play items.
5-9: Educational games and toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs and family-friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords, craft sets, annuals and novelty back packs.
9-12: Games and toys, gadgets and novelty toys, stationery, DVDs, books, hair accessories, annuals, novelty back packs.
13-16: Books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergenic ingredients if possible), hair accessories, gift vouchers, gadgets and novelty items.