She said: “I’ve always been a giver – I’m a Christian and Christmas is a time for giving. Previously I’d supported the shoebox appeal but wanted to do something closer to home. When I searched online I came across this appeal and decided to help.
“I spent many evenings in TK Maxx or in the retail park and would pick up toys when I did my food shopping.”
Last year StokeyParents and Location Location collected toys for more than 2,000 children in need in Hackney. The appeal, which is now in its fourth year, also provides food to Hackney Food Bank. Toys are distributed via the Ivy Street Family Centre and a network of social workers, refuges, hostels, schools, children’s centres, a hospice and the Homerton Hospital to children living in desperate poverty.
Jenna Fansa, whose website StokeyParents founded the appeal, said: “We were blown away by Amanda’s generosity – she arrived in a little car that was crammed to the roof with toys. Just when we thought there couldn’t be any more, she’d discover another tucked under a seat. We’re so very grateful to her and to everyone who supports the appeal.”
Amanda added: “I feel very sad for the state this country is in at the moment – we like to think of ourselves as developed and world leaders, but many families can’t afford to live here – they’re being pushed to the outskirts. It’s depressing.
“I live with my family and probably will do until I have children of my own – financially it’s not worth having my own place. It does give me some financial freedom to be able to support appeals like this.”
We asked how her friends and family reacted to her charitable giving, she replied: “They said I’d gone over the top!”
Amanda is supporting the Winter Toy and Food Appeal once again this year and hopes to donate more than 100 gifts.
The deadline for giving is December 14th – we’re collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children aged 0-18 at Location Location (18 Stoke Newington Church Street) or you can donate direct to the Ivy Street Family Centre by ordering from our Amazon Wishlist www.toyappealwishlist.com
Christmas is a time for giving
Posted 30th November 2017
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