Whether it is spending time with an elderly neighbour or relative to volunteering or fundraising – there are lots of opportunities for residents and business to get involved in their community at this time of year.
Tameside Council is supporting Tameside 4 Good’s Toy Appeal, in partnership with the Tameside Reporter and Tameside Radio, and is encouraging local people - as well as council staff and members - to get involved.
The Toy Appeal involves people donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts to benefit the 10,500 children and young people aged from newborn to 18 living in poverty in Tameside.
Donations should be taken to drop off points across the borough – which include all Tameside Libraries - by Thursday 15 December 2016. Please note that second-hand or soft toys will not be accepted.
Tameside 4 Good is also asking local people to Dress up Silly for Santa as a fun and festive way of way of raising money for the local good causes. On Friday 16 December people can dress themselves or their pets in a silly or fun Christmas outfit and donate £2. Text TAME44 £2 to 70070. Pictures can be tweeted using #sillysanta.
Christmas is a busy time for foodbanks, which support many vulnerable people and families in the borough. You can help by donating food items or volunteering your time. For more information on local foodbanks visit http://tamesidefoodbanks.madewithjam.org/. Food donations can also be dropped off at local libraries in the run up to Christmas. Items needed include: longlife milk and orange juice, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and tins of food including corned beef, tuna, vegetable, fruit, custard and rice pudding.
There are many other local opportunities to volunteer your time to help make a positive difference to people’s lives across the borough and spread a little Christmas spirit. To find out more visit https://do-it.org/ or contact Volunteer Centre Tameside on 0161 339 2345.