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TOY TIME: Garston church holds 62nd toy collection for underprivileged children

 Published on: 25th December 2023   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

A number of underprivileged children in Garston were able to unwrap presents on Christmas Day thanks to the generosity of a local church congregation.

Each year, members of the community are invited to buy toys and drop them off at Stanborough Park Church before sharing a special December Toy Service with charity representatives, social workers and local families. After the service, care workers select toys for children unlikely to otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

The annual event held last December marked the 62nd toy giveaway event held at the Church. Started by the late Alf Kelly MBE, who is remembered for his years of voluntary service in and around Watford, the Toy Service is now run by Alf’s daughter Pat Walton.

This year, Pat said that there were more toys than ever at the annual giveaway. In fact, Pat had to store some of the donations elsewhere in the building after the display area was filled to the brim with presents.

The December Toy Service was once again attended by Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, who graciously accepted the presents on behalf of Watford residents.

Photo Credit: June Coombs

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