'There’s still time to get involved': Deadline looming for Hartlepool Christmas toy appeal

The deadline is looming for people looking to bring a smile to the face of a needy child this Christmas.

Sunday, 15th December 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Sunday, 15th December 2019, 8:00 am
MKM Building Supplies boss Mick Sumpter with his staff
MKM Building Supplies boss Mick Sumpter with his staff

Contributions to The Hartlepool Mail's annual Gift Appeal – once again supported by the town’s MKM Building Supplies – have to be in by Friday December 20.

The gifts are already coming in at the collection point – MKM Building Supplies, in Burn Road, Hartlepool – but, for so many families the run-up to the big day is one of worry and the need to help is as great today as it has ever been.

Last year we had an amazing response to our appeal and your generosity is always humbling.

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All the gifts donated are given to Hartlepool organisations, which pass them on to those most in need in our community.

There is no need to break the bank either, with small items such as cuddly toys, perfumes and selection boxes as welcome as bigger items.

Mick Sumpter, branch manager, told the Mail: “We already have a range of gifts. People have been very generous and we thank them for that but there’s still time to get involved.

“We can take donations until Friday December 20. It’s great to be part of the appeal, knowing that we are helping people.”

He added: “We really like speaking to the people coming in to take the gifts, whether it is to a refuge centre or wherever in the town.

“Over the years we have built up a great rapport with those who come in and they always say how much they appreciate our help, but it is the least I can do.

“Without it many children would receive nothing on Christmas morning. That’s heartbreaking.

“We just hope this goes some way to helping people have a great Christmas and enjoy themselves.”

Gifts can be donated to MKM Building Supplies between 7.30am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday or from 7.30am to noon on Saturdays.

Gifts should be new and unwrapped when handed over to the appeal.

If there are any charities or organisations that would like to be considered for a donation from our toy appeal, contact MKM Building Supplies on 01429 231500.