– Two buses stuffed with toys in support of The Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul Family Appeal
More than 10,000 children living in poverty across Northern Ireland will receive at least one gift on Christmas morning thanks to the huge success of Translink and U105’s inaugural ‘Stuff A Bus’ Toy Appeal.
The public transport provider teamed-up with U105 to launch the first ever ‘Stuff A Bus’ initiative in support of The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul’s Family Appeal, one of Northern Ireland’s largest and longest-running Christmas present appeals.
The toy drive saw not one, but two 44-foot buses stuffed full of gifts on Tuesday 19th December as it made its way around the toy collection points in stations across Northern Ireland for the final time, with generous members of the public donating gifts right up until the end of the day.
It is estimated more than 100,000 children in Northern Ireland will spend Christmas in poverty this year and it is thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the public, Translink and U105 can provide thousands of young girls and boys across the country with a Christmas present this year.
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said: “Thanks to the public’s generosity, our 10,000 toy target was smashed and we stuffed two buses full of wonderful gifts! It was great to be able to support the fantastic work of St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army with such a warm, community-driven event. We are overwhelmed with the response and the generosity of our passengers – a huge thank you to everyone who kindly donated a gift to the Stuff A Bus Toy Appeal.”
Pauline Brown, Regional Manager of St Vincent de Paul, added: “The response to this year’s Appeal has been absolutely tremendous and we are over the moon that the generosity of the Northern Ireland public and businesses has enabled us to reach the target of the ‘Stuff A Bus’ campaign.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to Translink and U105 for helping to make this year’s Appeal one of the biggest ever and to all our volunteers who will, over the next few days, be working flat out, distributing the toys to all those families and children in need this Christmas.”
Major Paul Kingscott, the Salvation Army’s divisional leader, said: “As a church and charity, we are inspired by the Christmas message to reach out to people in need. The Family Appeal allows us to help thousands of children and young people in Northern Ireland.
“But we couldn’t do it without the support of the public who, through the ‘Stuff A Bus’ Toy Appeal, have shown how generous they are. Our thanks as well to the staff at Translink and U105 for going above and beyond to make the campaign a success.”
All gifts donated to the toy appeal have been delivered to The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul where they will be wrapped and distributed to children who would have otherwise not received a gift this this Christmas. To see how the ‘Stuff A Bus’ event unfolded please view the video here: