RTÉ 2fm has announced details of this year’s nationwide Toy Appeal, which will include a live broadcast from the window of a shop on Grafton Street in Dublin.
All of the station’s shows between 7am and 4.30pm – so Tubridy, Hector, Colm Hayes, Larry Gogan and Rick O’Shea – will be live from the window of department store Brown Thomas next Wednesday (27th November). We’re told that some of the biggest names in Irish showbiz will be popping by to contribute to the appeal.
2fm is teaming up again with charity St Vincent de Paul for the appeal to provide toys for families in need this Christmas. It’s the fourth year of the partnership, which has so far seen around 150,000 toys donated and distributed to families across the country. Last year 65,000 toys were handed out, valued at €1m.
Listeners can donate toys at SuperValu and Superquinn from this coming Monday, as well as being able to do it online.
Head of 2fm, Dan Healy, said: “The 2fm Toy Appeal urges listeners to donate early this year. Do all you can: online, in your local SuperValu or SuperQuinn or pop down Grafton St next Wednesday.”
Geoff Meagher, National President of St Vincent de Paul, added: “We are very appreciative of the support and effort everyone in RTÉ 2fm and campaign supporters SuperValu, Toymaster and Easons are putting behind Operation Santa. The generosity of the Irish people has been amazing over the past three years and we hope that they can be as supportive again this year. The work of SVP goes on all year around but there is always a special need to ensure families who are struggling have a happy, warm and fulfilling Christmas.”
Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu says: “We are delighted to be supporting the RTÉ 2FM Toy Appeal for St. Vincent de Paul for the fourth year. With 201 SuperValu and 24 Superquinn stores, spread right across every Irish community, we provide the perfect convenient location for toys to be dropped off. With almost 15,000 staff in these stores, Santa has lots of little helpers to rely on and we will be highlighting the campaign to all of our shoppers and encouraging them to make sure that every child’s Christmas stocking is filled.”
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