Donating toys for kids
Thursday, 12 January 2017
BALLYMONEY Tesco has taken the lead in a new in-store initiative to help a children's charity get toys to deserving young people over the Christmas period. Just before Christmas staff from across Northern Ireland donated 2,500 toys to the Cash for Kids 'Mission Christmas' appeal, with 300 coming from the Ballymoney store alone.
The initiative was the brainchild of Ballymoney's own Store Manager as Tesco Community Champion Jackie Brogan explains: "Our Store Manager Derek Loughlin had the idea, Tesco in Northern Ireland is divided into two groups, 100 and 101. He talked to all of those in our group 100 about his idea and they agreed to take part.
“It wasn't a customer based campaign, but among Tesco colleagues across NI.
“At the beginning of December we set up a table in the canteen where colleagues could leave toys. In just over two weeks we got around 300 toys in Ballymoney donated by staff and some by the store itself."
The toys collected in Ballymoney and across Northern Ireland were delivered to the Antrim distribution centre on December 16.
“We sent the toys to Antrim in a four sided cage in one of our delivery lorries going back there," Jackie continued, "Derek, myself and Simon Neil of Antrim Tesco went up and sorted all the toys out before Stephanie from Cash for Kids arrived.
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