KIND-hearted Carmarthenshire residents are being asked to dig deep and help children and families in need this Christmas.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s seventh annual Toybox appeal is in full swing, and will still accept donations up until December 6.

Lots of toys, games and gifts have already been donated, but there’s particular need for donations to suit boys and girls aged between four and 10.

People kind enough to donate are asked to provide gifts unwrapped so that they can be easily sorted.

The presents will be given to families who, for a range of reasons, are not able to give their children a Christmas that most of us take for granted.

Schools, family centres and youth workers identify those who are in greatest need of support.

Last year, gifts were provided for 662 children and young people and more than 250 food hampers were handed out.

Council staff are joined by volunteers to sort, wrap and deliver toys and hampers in the run-up to Christmas.

Council deputy leader, Cllr Mair Stephens, said: “We all recognise and appreciate Christmas is a time for giving and receiving. Unfortunately there are families that face difficult times and perhaps, sometimes, by providing gifts for their children, they go into debt.

“We have a small but hard working team who ensure that recipients are vetted to as being appropriately in need. From collection to storage and wrapping it is all a massive undertaking.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank businesses for their generosity and support, in particular Nolan Windows, which has allowed the appeal to be hosted at their premises in Johnstown.”

Donation points:

· 3 Spilman Street Reception
· Amanford Guardian
· Amanford Town Hall
· Carmarthen Journal
· Carmarthen Library
· County Hall Reception
· Llandeilo Community Education Centre
· Llandeilo Municipal Buildings
· Llandybie Memorial Hall
· Llanelli Customer Services (Hub)
· Llanelli Star
· Natwest Bank Carmarthen
· Natwest Bank Amanford
· Natwest Bank Llandeilo
· Parc Dewi Sant, Building 2, Canteen
· Pontyberem Hall
· Tesco Amanford
· Town Hall, Llanelli
· Nant y Ci
· Cathedral Hygiene – Unit 1, Dragon 24, North Dock, Llanelli,
· Burns Pet Nutrition
· Jennings Solicitors in Llanelli
· Waste Minimisation, Block 1, Parc Myrddin
· Ffwrnes Theatre

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