The countdown to the festive season has begun as we launch our annual appeals to help put a smile on disadvantage youngsters faces this Christmas.
Hundreds of toys and games are kindly donated by readers every year as part of the Accrington Lions Toy Appeal.
The appeal, which is supported by the Observer, is one of the biggest gift-giving drives in the borough and we require your help to make sure 2013 is a special Christmas for poor children throughout Hyndburn.
Last year more than 1,000 items were donated and given to 150 children in the area.
Lions volunteer Karen Duffy is hoping that this year every child in Hyndburn would have at least five gifts to open on Christmas morning.
She said: “Anything that people can donate to us is a great help because it really helps struggling families. We are looking for toys suitable for boys and girls up to the age of 13.
“More families are accessing food banks nowadays and times are really tough, we don’t want children to wake up on Christmas morning without anything.
“I have always found that people in Hyndburn are very generous, and the stuff that comes in is great.”
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.
All toys must be donated by Monday, December 9.