THE season of goodwill is upon us and residents are being asked to put a few extra items in their shopping baskets to support local people in need this Christmas.
Tameside Council has organised collection points for local food banks and the Tameside Toy Appeal in all Tameside libraries and children’s centres as well as customer services in Tameside One in Ashton.
Council and NHS Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group staff are also running collections for both appeals within their workplaces.
Food banks are particularly in need of: long life milk and powdered milk; tinned fish, meat and vegetables; sponge puddings; custard; cartons fruit juice; cordial; coffee; chocolates; jam; rice, instant mash and Christmas goods. But no baked beans or dried pasta please – food banks already have enough of these.
The deadline for foodbank donations is 29 November.
Tameside 4 Good’s Toy Appeal aims to ensure every child has a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning. People are asked to donate new and unused gifts for 0-18 year olds which will be distributed to families via Tameside children’s centres.
Gifts for babies and teenagers are particularly welcome as they are usually in short supply. The deadline for Toy Appeal donations is 6 December.
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