Rotherham Council is hoping to bring some Christmas cheer to families in need with the launch of its annual Christmas Toy Appeal today.
Kindhearted members of the public are urged to donate Christmas gifts for children who would not normally receive anything.
The council is collecting for children up to 18 years old.
Parkgate Shopping and Rother FM will have ‘giving trees’ dotted around Parkgate, where shoppers can pick up gift tags from the branches and buy age appropriate gifts for children due to receive them.
The tags will state the gender and age of the children.
Rotherham Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Gordon Watson, said: “The council’s Toy Appeal is now in its 10th year, and we are hoping to beat last year’s total of over 1,000 toys which were collected and distributed to families.
“I am sure local people will pull out all the stops once again to spread a little extra festive cheer this Christmas.”
Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Maggi Clark are due to officially launch the appeal today at an event to be attended by Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn and a number of Millers players.
Salvation Army and children’s choirs are due to perform.