Donate a new toy for the Lichfield Cathedral 2011 Toy appeal and help a local child this Christmas

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 15:38

Following the generous and thoughtful response from the local area to the Lichfield Cathedral Toy Appeal in 2010 (in aid of the Pathway Project), the Cathedral is pleased to announce that the initiative will return this Christmas. This year all toys will be donated to Lichfield Children and Family Services and will enable the Safeguarding Team to brighten up the Christmas of local children who need help and support this winter.

Each year Lichfield Cathedral warmly invites worshippers as the Christmas tree is lit in front of the building and prayers are said during the St. Nicholas Service at the West Front. In 2011 this service will also include the Toy Appeal and the Cathedral gladly welcome anyone attending to bring a toy along.

This very special St. Nicholas service will take place on Sunday 4th December at 3.30pm and the Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber is asking the members of the local community to bring a new toy to support Lichfield Children and Family Services this Christmas. Please note that only new, boxed toys can be accepted and toys for all ages are welcome. Food parcels are also welcome and need to include dry and unopened foods within the expiration date.

The Specialist Safeguarding Unit said of the appeal:

“We are a children's safeguarding service within Staffordshire Local Authority. Our role is to safeguard children in the community and support families who face problems such as social isolation, drug and alcohol addiction and financial difficulties.  The children within these families can suffer problems such as neglect as well as physical, emotional and sexual harm.

The most needy families within the community would be prioritised to receive any donations we were offered“.

The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield commented:

“St. Nicholas is known in the Eastern Church as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He was a third century Bishop of Myra (Demre in Lycia, part of modern day Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus.

Christmas brings particular heartache for families in difficulty. Children can be the victims of family breakdown and poverty, and we want to support Lichfield Children and Family Services as they reach out to families facing hardship and crisis. In the spirit of St. Nicholas, the Cathedral wants to ensure especially vulnerable children can experience some of the joy and delight of Christmas. All Christians have to remember Jesus’s teaching and example of joyful generosity, and as we give thanks for his birth, we express our thanks by giving to children who face disadvantage and insecurity”.

If members of the community are not able to attend the service, toys will be gladly received in advance (between the hours of 9-5 Monday to Friday) at The Old Stables next to Chapters Restaurant or the Vergers’ Ducket in the Cathedral.