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Page last updated on 17/11/2011
Christmas toys appeal for families in need 

PEOPLE are being asked to help families in need through a new Christmas Toybox scheme.
Carmarthenshire County Council is working with Myrtle House in Llanelli, Towy Community Church in Carmarthen, the Evangelical Church in Ammanford, and Communities First Pantyffynnon, to help make Christmas easier for those in difficult financial situations. People are being asked to donate new toys for children and young people aged from birth to 16, for boys and girls.
Local Service Board organisations which include the council, Hywel Dda Health Board, Dyfed Powys Police, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Coleg Sir Gar are all asking staff if they would like to contribute. The Llanelli Star, Carmarthen Journal and South Wales Guardian are also supporting the appeal.
Collections points have been set up at Ty Elwyn, Llanelli Town Hall and the Llanelli Star office in Cowell Street; at County Hall, Spilman Street and the Carmarthen Journal offices in Carmarthen; at Ammanford Town Hall and the Guardian office in Quay Street.
All people have to do is drop their toys off. The toys must be new for health and safety reasons, and the recommended price is from £5 upwards. They will then be collected regularly and taken to Myrtle House, Towy Community Church and the Evangelical Church for distribution to families in need.
The scheme is the brainchild of Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board business manager Cllr Pam Palmer. She said: “We want to do all we can to help families who cannot afford new toys for their children at Christmas. The intention is to help them avoid going into debt or going to loan sharks to bankroll presents.
“The more toys people donate the more help we can provide for people who need it most. After all, Christmas is a time for giving and thinking of others, I hope people will be generous and help make a real difference for many families who are struggling at this time of year.”
Myrtle House, Towy Community Church, the Evangelical Church and Communities First Pantyffynnon, said they were more than happy to help with the scheme. Myrtle House Minister Bill Chapman said: “There are a lot of families in difficult situations.”