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There’s still time to make a child’s Christmas by donating to Santa's Black Country Toy Appeal

Thursday, 09 December 2021


Kind-hearted Sandwellians are reminded that they can still make a child’s Christmas by donating presents for Santa's Black Country Toy Appeal. Donations of new items can be made at any of Sandwell's 19 libraries until Friday 10 December. Items can include:

• Books

• Games

• Toys

• Colouring books

• Felt-tip pens/Crayons 

Crafty stuff, such as paints

• Toiletry sets for teens

• NEW Fleecy blankets to snuggle under

• Wrapping paper and gift bags. Gifts must be new and unwrapped.

They will be collected by Santa’s helpers from Sandwell’s libraries so he can distribute them to children and young people in the Black Country. Councillor Karen Simms, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children and education, said: "For some children these donations may be the only presents they receive this Christmas and we urge people to donate what they can. "If you can make a donation, please bring a gift to one of our libraries. You can make this Christmas a better one for children who may not otherwise receive a present. "Donations can be dropped off at any library in Sandwell until this Friday, 10 December.

Our libraries are now open for longer, so you can easily fit in dropping off a donation around your Christmas shopping and other visits.” Last year the charity distributed more than 38,000 kindly-donated gifts to children in Dudley. But this year the operation has been widened to cover the entire Black Country to include the areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. To find out the opening times of your nearest library visit:

Please do not leave donations outside libraries if they are closed. To find out more about the charity Santa's Black Country Toy Appeal visit

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