The team at Specsavers Opticians in Sutton Coldfield collected more than 40 toys for local children in the run-up to Christmas.
Kind-hearted customers visiting the store donated new toys towards the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal, which were given to children of women who have been victims of domestic violence.
‘We’ve supported the Christmas Present Appeal for four years now, and we’re really proud of the generosity our customers have shown,’ said Tim Goodhew, store director at Specsavers in Sutton Coldfield. ‘Christmas is a time for giving, and by giving to such a worthy cause, gifts such as these really can make a difference to young children.’
The donations were collected by Lieutenant Deborah Saunders who said: ‘Often these women escape their situations with very little in the way of belongings, and the toys we collect around Christmas make a real difference to them and their children.’
The Salvation Army Band came along to support the collection by playing carols outside the store, and they were joined by store manager, Andrew Pennicott on his clarinet much to the entertainment (and amusement) of his team.