MARKET Weighton shoppers have helped a local charity distribute over 8,000 toys to needy youngsters and now it hopes to get social workers on board to help even more children.
The Mr Hoggle Doggle charity set up a toy collection box at Market Weighton’s Tesco store last year and shoppers have been contributing to the cause in their hundreds.
The toys are distributed to local areas of deprivation, mostly in Hull, and now the charity is working with social workers to bring even more toy joy to the county’s most deprived children.
Mr Hoggle Doggle co-founder, David Allan, explains: “Many people will have seen the recent ‘Protecting Our Children’ series on TV, showing what acute poverty and problems there are in Britain today, and been very moved by it,” he said.
“For children, toys are a necessity if they’re to develop, but many kids have none at all, and are never going to have any bought for them.
“We’re holding a series of mass meetings with social workers to publicise the Hoggle Doggle service, and we’re trying to find locations for extra toy collection boxes, but we need kind children and parents to donate more toys - surplus or new - so we can keep up with demand.”
Residents who would like to help, can drop their toys off at the box in Market Weighton Tesco, as well as collection points in the Beverley and Driffield Tescos.