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Join us in the gift of giving

Tuesday, 13th November, 2012

The BDT’s newest recruits - sports journalist Ben Sheffield and front office staffer Hayley Jewitt - sorting gifts that have already been donated to the BDT Christmas Appeal. The BDT’s newest recruits - sports journalist Ben Sheffield and front office staffer Hayley Jewitt - sorting gifts that have already been donated to the BDT Christmas Appeal.

By Emily Roberts

As the festive season draws near, locals are being reminded to think of those for whom Christmas can be a financial struggle.

One way of helping is to donate to the BDT Christmas Appeal which has now been running for 25 years.

"Every year we receive a huge response," said the BDT's Advertising Manager, Peter Keenan.

"The presents we receive take up two rooms.

"We would appreciate any Christmas toys that can be donated for those less fortunate, plus any food items."

Mr Keenan said it was important to make sure the donations were not gift wrapped.

"We want to be able to distinguish between girls and boys gifts," he said.

The appeal closes on Friday, December 14 and the donations will be collected the following Monday by various local charities.

"The BDT is indebted to the people of Broken Hill who support this appeal and help the less fortunate," Mr Keenan said.

"People can donate anything at all. Every little bit helps."

Lifeline's fundraising co-ordinator, Trevor Odgers, said Lifeline will collect all the toys donated for their Toy Run on December 21.

"The toys collected will go to Lifeline and the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul will distribute the food," he said.

Mr Odgers said there was a need this year for footballs and soccer balls, and gifts for girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 8. Perishable food items would also be welcomed, he said.

He said he hoped the public would continue to support the appeal.

"It is always very popular and there are families who are doing it a bit tougher due to the economic circumstances.

"It doesn't matter how big or small your donation is - it will still help.

"If anyone would like to register to get toys they can come down to the Lifeline office. You must bring your Centrelink card with you."

Presents and donations may be dropped off at the BDT during office hours.

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