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I’m here today in Johnstown to help with the packing of the toys you have donated in aid of our toy box appeal.
The gifts that you have donated will be given to families who, for a range of reasons, are not able to give their children a Christmas that most of us take for granted.
Last year with the help of all of the generous donations we were able to provide 662 children and young people with a Christmas gift.
We also were able to provide 250 food hampers to families in need.
Today Council staff will be joined by volunteers to sort and wrap the toys and food hampers.
These will then be handed out to the families who need them most.
The toy box appeal is such a valuable cause and it allows us to support those that can find Christmas time to be a struggle.
We often take for granted the gifts we receive at Christmas, however for some families trying to provide at Christmas can put a lot of pressure on their finances and even cause them to go into debt.
As a council we are committed to helping prevent residents going into debt and into more trouble further down the line
These small tokens of generosity can make a big difference to a family’s Christmas
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all that have been able to support this year’s toy box appeal on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council and the families that we have been able to help make Christmas that little bit easier for this year.
And finally to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year