Toy story free: Christmas gifts for hostel children

By on 15/12/2011 in News

Over 200 toys will be gift-wrapped for around 100 children staying in Birmingham hostels over Christmas, thanks to the City Council and generous donations from companies across the city.

The council is working with JLT Specialty Limited to help make children's Christmas extra special by giving them games and toys.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said he was touched by the kindness and generosity of the companies and their employees who have donated gifts for boys and girls in the city's hostels.

He added: “The toys never fail to bring a smile to the faces of children and parents alike, it's wonderful to know that the thoughtful actions of kind-hearted employees will mean Christmas will be that much more special for children staying in our hostels.

“Employees from JLT Specialty Limited and the City Mission have donated toys for a number of years and we're thankful to them for their benevolent act.”

In order to distribute the gifts, housing officers from the council will work hard to ensure the toys are delivered in time for Christmas day.  Between now and December 22 the officers will make visits to various council hostels across the city to drop-off the gifts.

Councillor John Lines was joined by Homeless Centre Managers, representatives from JLT Specialty Limited and council hostel staff. 

Representatives from JLT Specialty Limited include Judith Burgess, Adrian Lamasz and Jayne Dudley.  From Harvey Ingram LLP: Heidi Hendon and Pamela Shepherd.  And from Axa Insurance: Sue Langley, Baker Tilly – Ben Lawrance.

For more information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.

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  1. Jim says:

    Hey what a great thing for doing this! I’m glad kids will be getting toys for the holidays. Great share!