Toy shop teams up with Salvation Army for appeal

Joseph Bulmer

A Torbay toy shop has teamed up with The Salvation Army to help rehome toys.

The Entertainer, which has a store in Union Square, Torquay, has announced the return of its Big Toy Rehoming campaign, in partnership with The Salvation Army.

Following its huge success after being launched in 2019, The Big Toy Rehoming campaign has successfully found a new home for more than 40,000 toys – the equivalent to over 20 tonnes of waste.

The initiative returned as a year-round campaign to The Entertainer stores nationwide in line with World Environment Day last Saturday.

Families are urged to bring any suitable toys which are no longer played with to any The Entertainer store and these toys will then be passed on to The Salvation Army.

The initiative aims to reduce the number of toys that could find their way into landfill by giving toys no longer played with a new lease of life, whilst aiming to support the 4.1million underprivileged children living in poverty across the country via The Salvation Army.

It provides a great opportunity to de-clutter the toy box, making more space in the home while considering the environment.

Gary Grant, founder and executive chairman of The Entertainer, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of The Big Toy Rehoming campaign in partnership with The Salvation Army.

“We had to pause the campaign due to the lockdown periods but are finally able to bring it back to our stores!

“We know The Big Toy Rehoming campaign is popular with our customers and many will have accumulated extra toys in need of new homes over the past year so please do bring them into your nearest store for us to rehome via The Salvation Army.

“This not only prevents the toys from finding their way into landfill but also supports the work of The Salvation in helping families in need.”

Kirk Bradley, from The Salvation Army, said: “Donations from the previous Big Toy Rehoming campaigns have helped The Salvation Army hugely in continuing to provide practical and emotional support for vulnerable people in the UK.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause and we’re delighted that The Entertainer will now be accepting donations year-round!”

Those looking to donate their toys to The Entertainer don’t need to worry about including packaging, however all toys must have a CE label or marking for safety reasons.

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