Dispatch ‘Toy Drive’ brings joy of Christmas to EL children

A DAILY Dispatch project to bring the joy of Christmas to underprivileged children ended this week with a major donation from Hemingways Mall of toys worth R4 000.

ToyDiveThe Dispatch started the “Toy Drive” project last month by asking readers to donate toys in specially placed bins which will be handed out to less fortunate children.

The bins were placed at Hemingways Mall, Vincent Park, the Dispatch’s offices in Caxton Street, Spargs Beacon Bay and at the Mthatha office.

Dispatch marketing manager Suren Packery said the initiative was warmly received by readers.

“We would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed. Their contribution will ensure we are able to bring smiles to many children this Christmas,” he said.

On Monday, Hemingways Mall held its annual Carols in Concert and in conjunction with the Daily Dispatch managed to raise R8 000.

The money was used to buy toys for children at the East London Child Welfare and toys worth R4 000 were donated to the Dispatch Toy Drive.

Hemingways Mall marketing manager Neville Austin said they were proud to be associated with the Dispatch’s Toy Drive and support East London Child Welfare.

“We are proud to be able to give back this festive season and we are looking forward to making the 2014 Carols in Concert bigger and better,” said Austin.

Packery said the toys would be donated to the God’s Desire Children’s Village in Potsdam and to the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation based in Mthatha.

The toys will be delivered to these organisations on Monday, just in time for Christmas. — arethal@dispatch.co.za


  1. Christmas season is probably the worst time of the year for many folk that are going through difficulty so this will really lift up the spirits for these kids and their givers.

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