The Operation Santa Dudley borough appeal ran up until Monday 9th August 2021.
It was then that Operation Santa Dudley borough run by Dudley CVS, formally transferred operational control and Operation Santa Dudley borough became Santa’s Black Country Toy Appeal. They certainly have their work cut out for them and will now cover Dudley/ Sandwell/Walsall and Wolverhampton, as these are the areas that make up the Black Country. The estimated number of children living below the poverty line in the Black Country is 104,265.
If you would like to follow the new group, here are the contact details:
Last week I shared a post about the Poundland Superstars from Dudley Store 1993 stepping up to help us. Well they’ve only gone and done it again! Yesterday Lee and Garry from Santa’s a Gangster collected another huge haul of 4366 donations from the store. Thanks boys you are superstars 🙂
4282 donations last week 4366 this week – that’s an incredible 8334 donations in two weeks. Thank youuuuuuuuu 🙂
This afternoon our fabulous little prize draw car for 2020 had a photo shoot. Doesn’t he look amazing and good from every angle?
Huge thanks to the fabulous Lee Southerton from Volks Magic who has been drawing in support from some truly wonderful businesses to get Herbie looking his very best. Thanks too to Garry and Hayley Aulton who donated the car this year.
Tickets are on sale from 21st October 2020 from http://www.volksmagic.com at just £5 a ticket and every single penny goes to support our appeal this Christmas, helping us to provide presents for children and young people who may otherwise find nothing under the tree 😦
So this year we were worrying that the Covid-19 pandemic and all the restrictions were going to mean more referrals for families in need and less donations. We know people would be struggling this year more than ever as the financial and emotional side effects of Coronavirus continue to grow.
Roger Simmons and Mikey Southall to the rescue
Today there was a miracle when this morning Lee Southerton from Volks Magic had a phone call and he was invited along to Poundland in Dudley 1993 to chat to Roger and Mikey about some donations. Next thing we know he and Garry were rolling up to Operation Santa HQ with a van bulging at the seams with wonderful gifts. They unloaded that lot and then went back for another load. Wow Roger and Mikey we are so grateful, and for inviting them back next week for more.
Lee and the team at Volks Magic are working on making miracles happen again this Christmas. This amazing little car has had lots of new parts, a full respray, sound system, snazzy new upholstery and the list goes on. Some brilliant local businesses have supported Lee and the Santas A Gangster team, so please dig deep and you could win this car for just £5. Just click here for the link to enter the draw.
As Christmas creeps closer I think that all the portents indicate that 2019 is going to be a phenomenal appeal.
Black Country Radio are supporting us this year and have kindly donated an amazing space to house our Grotto.
Thanks to the wonderful Steve Waltho [Local Councillor and elf] Dudley MBC have generously given us some free storage space that we can use all year round.
The elves are on it as always – Rose, Jayne, Sarah, Trev, Steve and Phil – are raring to go.
Lee from Volks Magic and the Santa’s a Gangster crew are really on a mission as always … the beautiful red VW cabby looks amazing and you can win it for £5 a ticket. Auctions at VDubz in the Valley organised by Garry and Hayley from Beerbuz raised a fortune, not to mention reverse santa gifts.
Brett and the Angels from Blaze Hair are raring to go too.
Here’s to changing lives and bringing smiles this Christmas
Well what another amazing Operation Santa 2018 was! 13075 donations was our final figure for 2018. We had more support than ever from members of the public, statutory partners and businesses, with some phenomenal donations. Conversely, we also had more sad tales and children, and their families in crisis, than ever before – domestic abuse, burglaries, evictions, deaths, separations, parents with no money and no-one to turn to.
How did we do?
Who did we support this year?
This year we had 51 lists of children and young people who needed our support to provide a gift when otherwise they would get nothing [average number on list was 25, although there were 89 on one list!]. These lists came from people from the voluntary, community, faith and statutory sector [this included schools, social workers, children’s centres and housing support], who support children and families in need. We don’t deal with…