An appeal to collect toys for a charity that supports local families in need has been launched by one of Hull’s most community-focused shopping centres.
Prospect Centre is encouraging people to have a post-Christmas clear out and donate any good quality old toys and baby equipment their child no longer needs.
These items will be given to Bundles of Joy, an East Yorkshire-based charity that provides support to families and children through the targeting of essential baby and child equipment, as well as clothes and toys.
Maria Kamper, centre manager, said: “We are thrilled to be working with a really important organisation whose work is integral to helping thousands of families in the city.
“January is the perfect time to launch a toy appeal, as a lot of people have a good clear out after Christmas to make room for new toys and gifts.
“If you haven’t done so already, I would urge you to have a look in the cupboards this weekend to see if there is anything that you could donate. Even the smallest gestures will make a big difference in bringing a smile to the faces of those in our communities.”
The Toy Appeal collection box is located in the middle of Prospect Centre, next to the scenic lift, and already shoppers have been donating generously since its launch earlier this week.
Claire Raper, Founder at Bundles of Joy, said: “We are very grateful to Prospect Centre for choosing to support Bundles of Joy with this initiative.
“Having a new baby can be an expensive time which doesn’t subside as they grow from baby, to toddler, to child. We recognise that, for too many families, the expense of providing for a baby becomes too much to bear.
“Bundles of Joy bridges the gap between those who have items to donate and the families who would welcome them.
“Any donations will make a make a positive difference to local families at a time when they may need it most.”