Parishioners from All Saints’ Parish, Eglantine, put the Connor Diocesan vision for outreach into community into action over the Christmas period.
On the suggestion of one of the parish Sunday School teachers, it was decided last November to begin a collection of toys.
The rector, the Rev Tim Close, said: “When we as a team discussed the proposal, we felt that this was one thing we could do to fulfil our part of the Connor vision for outreach into our local community.
“We felt Christmas 2012 could be a very difficult time for many families with the worsening economic climate. We also felt it was important for our young people to be involved and to see each week the number of toys grow at the back of the church and realise that they, and we, should not take for granted all that we have.”
Tim said that everyone in the parish and Sunday School supported the initiative 100 per cent, and a local branch of the Rotary Club also collected toys at its Christmas meeting in support of All Saints’. “This help was much appreciated,” he added.
The toys were collected from the Church by the Salvation Army on December 18 and distributed by them via their established networks to families in need.
“In all more than 200 toys and books were donated, which hopefully helped to make a happier Christmas for some children who may otherwise have had very little,” said Tim.