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Wood Street appeal continues on Saturday

  • 03 December 2010 16:42
  • Posted by David Clayton

City have launched a very special Christmas appeal that will bring happiness to thousands of local children.

To help with this campaign, City are asking all fans to donate a new toy or item of food to the project at one of the club’s Christmas week of activities, continuing with the home game against Bolton on Saturday.

England midfielder Gareth Barry was in attendance to promote the annual Wood Street Mission Christmas Appeal, a project that provides new toys and food for disadvantaged children and their families to make the festive season a happier and less stressful time.

City have thrown their weight behind the Mission’s appeal, which aims to provide more than a thousand families throughout the city with a seasonal food parcel and a brand new toy for every child under 14 to open on Christmas morning. Watch the video

A collection point will be set up on the stage in City Square so that all donations can be made before entering the Stadium and Wood Street Mission staff will again be on hand to provide more information about the project and where your donations will be going.

Rachel Bywater, Development Worker for the Wood Street Mission, said: “We were able to provide toys for over 3,000 children from Manchester and Salford last Christmas and this year we want to help even more families.

“The toys don’t need to be expensive, please just donate gifts that you would be happy to give to your own children. Every donation will make a real difference.”

Sarah Lynch, MD of City in the Community, added: “We hope our fans will join us in generously donating to this most worthwhile cause and help us to help others at this special time of year.”

Along with the toy collections, the Mission is also asking for donations of foodstuffs, particularly those that are appropriate to the festive season. Each family is provided with a Bag for Life size carrier of essentials and a couple of luxury items to make their Christmas dinner special.

Tins of fruit, vegetable, baked beans, biscuits, chocolates, tins of fish or meat, jars of sauces and jams, boxes of tea and jars of coffee and packets of rice and pasta would all be welcomed and help enormously.

The Wood Street Mission was founded by Alfred Alsop in 1869 and originally provided a hot meal every day for those living in slum conditions in the heart of industrial Manchester.

Today the Mission provides a variety of services to those in need in the Greater Manchester region, including the provision of clothing, bedding, baby equipment and toys through its year-round service.

For further information on the Wood Street Mission and its work, please visit  

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