Our annual toy appeal which sees hundreds of items given to youngsters in need has been launched.
The Accrington Lions Toy Appeal which is supported by the Observer is one of the biggest gift-giving drives in the borough.
We need your help to make sure it is a special Christmas for poor children throughout Hyndburn.
Last year around 1,000 items were donated and given to 150 children in the area.
Peter Hopwood, chairman of the Lions’ welfare committee, said the annual appeal has always been well supported by people in Hyndburn.
He said: “We are grateful for the effort that people put into this appeal when bringing toys to our collection points. Last year the quality of the items that were given was fantastic.
“Toys do not have to be new as long as they are in good condition.
“We are collecting toys for babies to children aged up to 13.”
The Lions make sure all the items are in tip-top shape before giving them out, even checking batteries on toys to make sure they work properly.
If you would like to bolster the appeal, you can take items along to the collection point at Sue’s Shoe Repairs on 12 Little Blackburn Road, Accrington.
You can also drop off toys at our office at Accrington Market Hall.
Please do not donate soft toys.
If transport is a problem, ring Peter on 01254 383926.
All toys must be donated by Monday, December 17.