Final week of toy donations is under way to support children

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MORE than 37,000 toys have been donated to a Christmas appeal.

The Wave 105 Cash for Kids team has announced it is edging closer to its annual ‘Mission Christmas’ toy appeal target.

The charity is aiming to collect 54,000 toys for disadvantaged children across the south.

The scheme, backed by The News, has asked supporters, Wave 105 listeners and members of the public to donate new and unwrapped gifts, to help bring smiles to those children that would not normally receive a present at Christmas.

Supporters of the campaign have been busy dropping their gifts off at a host of Sainsbury’s stores across Hampshire.

Toys can be donated right up until this Sunday. Wave 105’s Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, said: ‘We are all totally overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support we have received so far for Mission Christmas.

‘We’ve been out and about with some of the Wave 105 presenters doing live broadcasts across the south, and have had people coming in with trolley loads of toys to donate – it’s wonderful. So many local businesses have also come up with initiatives such as putting the money they would have spent on Christmas cards towards toys for the appeal.’

Donations can also be made over the phone via 01489 481050 or via text, by texting WAVE to 70070 and donating £5, in Sainsbury’s across the area and at The News’ office at Lakeside 1000, North Harbour, Portsmouth.