Transport for London donated more than 500 toys – which had been handed into TfL’s Lost Property Office this year – to Deptford Salvation Army for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal.
The brand new toys – left on the transport network and unclaimed for more than three months – will be given to children in need in South London for Christmas. The toys have all been provided in their packaging and will bring joy to children of all ages. Gifts range from dolls and play sets to board games and electronic gadgets.
The Salvation Army will work with Lewisham Council to distribute the toys to those who will appreciate them most and may otherwise have gone without this Christmas.
This is the seventh year TfL’s Lost Property Office has donated new unclaimed children's toys to The Salvation Army.
Deptford Salvation Army leader Captain Kevin Stanbury said: ““This donation from Transport for London is invaluable in allowing us to provide toys to children and families who would otherwise go without this Christmas. The Salvation Army work closely with local council outreach workers to ensure that the toys go to those who are most in need. As a Church and charity we look to be there for people when they need us, not just at Christmas but all year round, by offering compassionate support and practical help which we hope our toy appeals are one example of. We hope families and children who were facing a bleak Christmas can now feel the joy and happiness that the season should bring.”
It is estimated that the Lost Property Office has received over 15 million items since it was established in 1933.
Paul Cowan, Operations Performance Manager of the Lost Property Office, said: “Although it is a shame that these toys were not reclaimed by the original owners, the thought that they will now bring smiles to the faces of many children who might otherwise have gone without is heart-warming. The staff here are a credit to the business and work really hard on this annual donation.”