Make a child’s Christmas

Barnardos launch Christmas toy appeal in Leitrim

Supported by GLS ParcelShops

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Barnardos launch Christmas toy appeal in Leitrim

Barnardos has launched its annual Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by GLS ParcelShops. The children’s charity is asking shoppers in Co. Leitrim to add the Barnardos Christmas Toy Appeal to their shopping lists this festive season and help make a child’s Christmas.

Every Christmas Barnardos needs gifts for children of all ages, from babies through to teenagers. The charity asks that all gifts are new and unwrapped and has a handy gift guide available on its website, www.barnardos.ie, to help shoppers choose age-appropriate toys and gifts.

For the seventh year running, GLS ParcelShops are supporting the Barnardos Toy Appeal. Drop your gift off at any of 180 GLS ParcelShops nationwide by Friday, 16 December and it will be delivered to Barnardos in time for Christmas. To find your local GLS ParcelShops visit www.barnardos.ie/toyappeal.

The GLS ParcelShops in Leitrim are located in:

  • Click@Carrick Netcafe, 13 Park Lane, Carrick-on-Shannon
  • Simpson's Newsagents, Book Street, Kinlough

Speaking at the launch, Barnardos CEO, Fergus Finlay said, “For most of us, Christmas brings up happy memories. But for many of the families we work with in Barnardos, it can be a burden. Thousands of children and families are facing hardships every day across the country – and we see first-hand the extra pressure they come under at Christmas. Thanks to GLS ParcelShops and all those who so generously donate to the Toy Appeal each year, we can make sure the children and families we work with experience the magic of Christmas.”

Barnardos provides specialised early intervention and prevention services to over 13,100 children and families in 40 communities across Ireland.

Barnardos works with children of all ages, from infants up to teenagers. Some suggestions if you need some help in choosing your gift:

Infants and toddlers: Activity toys, pre-school toys
3-6 years: Soft toys, action toys, character toys such as Peppa Pig and SpongeBob SquarePants
7-9 years: Board games, dressing up outfits, books, cars
10-15 years: Books, jewellery, games, music, toiletries, clothes vouchers
All gifts for the Barnardos Toy Appeal must be new and worth about €10, to ensure that all children get something of equal quality.

GLS are collecting gifts in their ParcelShops all over Ireland and will deliver the gifts to Barnardos in time for Christmas.  

If you can't make it to a GLS location, you can choose to give an online gift of any value by visiting www.barnardos.ie.