VULNERABLE children across the borough are set to receive a Christmas present this year thanks to a church congregation.
More than 1,000 brand new toys were collected for the most vulnerable children in Solihull who may not otherwise receive any Christmas presents this year.
The Toy Offering was originally set up to support struggling families within the congregation, but soon the Pastoral team realised that there was a great need right across the region.
Now, 500 children a year are referred by agencies including local schools, the Police, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, NHS practices and Entraide who work with asylum seekers.
Yvonne Glover, who manages the Family Centre at Renewal Solihull and Renewal Chelmsley Wood said: “In this season of celebration, it is a privilege to know that the Christmas Toy Offering makes such a significant difference to many families who are struggling to provide presents for their children.
“Every Christmas, Renewal is excited about having an opportunity to touch lives by helping to bring a smile to the faces of children in our community and making Christmas a very special time for them.”
The toys will now be distributed to families in need, who have been identified by local agencies.