Friday, 9th November, 2018
By Emily McInerney
The BDT’s Christmas Appeal has reached 30 years and continued to be popular with donations coming in before the tree had been set up.
The Christmas Appeal milestone was a great achievement with the event growing year by year, according to BDT Advertising Manager Samantha Ragenovich.
“Last year, we had a huge response,” she said.
“It does get bigger every year.
“We had donations before the tree was even up, which is really wonderful.”
The BDT Christmas Appeal runs to help those in need over the festive season.
It was started by former Advertising Manager Peter Keenan and other heads of staff within the BDT.
The appeal has been known to fill up rooms and rooms with all the community’s donations.
Members of the community are invited to bring in toys, other gifts and non-perishables.
“We really appreciate any donations people can give,” Samantha said.
“We love watching the presents that get delivered.
“It’s very humbling to see so many donations.”
She said while there are many great donations for young children, teenagers can often miss out.
“We are often short on toys for teenagers; items for teenage girls and boys would be appreciated.
“It’s not just toys that can be donated but non-perishable foods really come in handy.
“Absolutely all donations are appreciated, we can’t thank the public enough for their generosity each year.”
Between 9am and 5pm donations may be dropped off at the BDT office, but please do not wrap the gifts.
The appeal will run until December 14 when local charities will collect and distribute them.
“We do this for others who are less fortunate than ourselves, so that they may know the joy of Christmas,” Samantha said.
The toys will go to Lifeline to help with their Christmas Appeal and the food will go to the Salvation Army.