Thursday, December 2, 2010

Toys Needed

The Children's Services department of Bracknell Forest Council are looking to give Christmas gifts to children they are working with, and have asked us whether we would be able to help. There are 100 children in total. Of these 20 are under 3 years old, 40 of the children are aged between 3 and 11, and 40 are between 11 and 17. They have asked for good quality new or used toys (unwrapped!!) for babies and children up to age 11, and personal care items for children aged between 11 and 17.

Please can you think about getting involved. Whether it means giving away some toys you no longer need, buying a new toy, or buying some hair gel or body spray for a teenager, then you will be making a difference in the lives of some children who have probably had a pretty tough year.

Donated items to be brought into The Kerith Centre Reception on Sunday 5th and 12th December, and can also can be brought into The Kerith Centre during the week.  Children's Services will come and collect the donations on Monday 13th December, so we won't be able to take donations after Sunday 12th December.

We are seeing a growing number of requests like this, as local government and local charities struggle to fund things they have been able to do in the past. This is a great moment for the church (all churches) to step in and demonstrate the love of Christ in practical ways. A huge thank you to everyone who is going to donate toys, and to all of you who are involved in volunteering or regular giving in Kerith - what you are doing is making a huge difference in our local community.

You may also be interested to know that November was the busiest month yet for the Foodbank - well done to Pat & Geoff and the team who do such a fantastic job, although I wish the need didn't exist in the first place.

Very proud of our church,


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