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Toy donation program to support children across Newtownabbey ThePipaNews


The generous effort is being rolled out across the district for the third year in a row.

Toys will get a second chance to be loved by children as the system distributes toys in good condition to a new home.

New toys will also find a welcoming home and into the arms of a young child this Christmas with the help of participating community organizations.

Cllr Victor Robinson, Ald Stephen Ross, Michael Laverty (Director of Waste Operations Antrim and Newtownabbey Council), Phoebe Kerr, Isobel Kerr (Director of Habitat for Humanities ReStore Ballymena), Deputy Mayor Cllrr Leah Smyth, Kim Dunne (Project Coordinator Muckamore Parish Development Association ) and Cllr Billy Webb.

Community organizations that have stepped up to facilitate the scheme include; “Listening Ear”, “Fit Moms and Kids” and “A Safe Space to be Me”.

These community organizations provide drop-off points and will arrange for the new toys to be distributed to those in need.

Last year, 3,850 toys were donated, providing toys for children in many families across the borough and diverting over 2.5 tonnes of waste from landfill.

The council, in partnership with local charity, Habitat for Humanity, will aim to replicate the success of the toy program from last Christmas. Love toys in good condition can be

left in the Christmas toy collection containers at one of the municipality’s five recycling centers for households.

These toys will be collected by Habitat for Humanity who will sort, clean and sell them at low prices in their ReStores.

Muckamore Parish Development Association is also partnering with Habitat for Humanity NI to host a pop-up toy shop for pre-loved and new toys.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Ald Stephen Ross, said: “Christmas this year will be particularly difficult for many families as we face the cost of living crisis and I would urge anyone who can buy or donate an extra toy to do so.

“We can’t forget the magic of Christmas for our children across the borough, which is why I’m delighted to be launching our third Christmas Toy Programme. We’re also rescuing toys from landfill and playing our part for the environment.

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“I know we have extremely generous people in our community and with the support of our community organizations we can come together to make this appeal even more successful than last year.”

Details of donation points will be available on the council’s website and social media before Christmas.


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