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Toy drive shifts into gear

HOBART City Mission’s annual Christmas Toy Drive has kicked off, and already a number of local businesses, community groups and leaders have put their hands up to help.

Elise Archer’s electorate office at 62 Main Road, Moonah is the northern suburbs drop-off point registered to collect toys for this year’s appeal.

“The support of the community in the lead up to Christmas is vital to so many in southern Tasmania who are experiencing hardship,” Ms Archer said.

“I would encourage all those who can help with donating a gift to this wonderful appeal to do so.”

Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said the toys would go to more than 600 children through its Christmas Assistance program, which provided support to families who struggled with the financial stress of Christmas.

“Currently we have 29 local businesses, community groups and leaders – such as the Attorney General and Ms Archer – registered to collect toys on our behalf,” he said.

“We would like to thank everyone in advance for their generosity to our toy drive.”

The Hobart City Mission requests that donations are left unwrapped to enable parents and guardians to choose items that they consider their child will enjoy.

Gifts will be given to children aged 0-15, and it is recommended that donations are valued under $50 and provide for a wide range of interests to the recipients.

The Hobart City Mission toy drive will run until 14 December 2018.

Caption: Minister for Arts Elise Archer hands over her donations to the Hobart City Mission’s annual Christmas Toy Drive.