Massive gratitude expressed as more than 1,900 youngsters bestowed with presents

Residents and businesses in Rochdale have shown their incredible generosity by donating over 6,000 toys and gifts to children in need. These donations were sorted and delivered to local homes last month, bringing smiles to many faces during what has been a difficult year for many. Councillor Rachel Massey, cabinet member for children’s services and education, expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed, emphasizing the strong community spirit and kindness that exists in the borough. The sight of the enormous piles of gifts was truly moving, and it is heartening to see so many people taking the time to help. The appeal, organized by the council’s staff charity in partnership with Rochdale Football Club, Rochdale Riverside, and Your Trust, has been spreading festive cheer to children and teenagers since 2013. The appeal coordinator, Helen Walton, also expressed her appreciation for the support received, highlighting the participation of new businesses, families pooling funds for shopping sprees, and workplaces abandoning their Secret Santa to become the ultimate Secret Santa for children. Volunteers played a crucial role in collecting, sorting, and distributing the donations. This heartwarming initiative has received support from various businesses and organizations, including A&F Sprinklers, AIG Insurance, The Beach, B&M Bargains, Cherry Tree Café, Circle Healthcare, Danish Crown, Globe House, Harrisons ICS, The Highfield Hospital, Hunter Price, JGM Agency, Littleborough Boxing Club, Lock 50, Miles Kelly Publishing, Rochdale Fire and Rescue Service, Rochdale Online, The Old Police Station, Railway House Nursery, The Retreat, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Rochdale Sixth Form College, Signals IT Ltd, Triad Fabrications, Willow View School, Wilmott Dixon, Fairfield Hospital, The Works, and RRG Toyota Rochdale. The collective efforts of the community have made a significant difference in brightening the holiday season for these children.

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