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Celebrating the launch of Santa’s Black Country Toy Appeal

Today we were excited to officially launch our new Charity – Santa’s Black Country Toy Appeal in the presence of all four Black Country Mayors, who kindly attended to hear about our plans for   Christmas 2021.   The event was held at Resonance Education on the Waterfront, supported by our friends at Black Country Radio. Mayor…
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Operation Santa Dudley borough has formally transferred to Santa’s Black Country Toy Appeal

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…
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A message from the Chief Elf – It’s a wrap and THANK YOU😊 Covid hasn’t stopped us this Christmas!

I am delighted to announce that Operation Santa is officially over for this Covid Christmas 2020 and what a ride it’s been.  The last few collections have been made and there have certainly been a lot of those this year. We have given gifts to 6204 children and young people this year, and received a…
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Please don’t leave it too late to help Operation Santa Dudley borough!

First of all thank you so much to all the lovely people who have been supporting us so far with this year’s appeal. It’s been a real challenge with the multiple Covid restrictions, but we are doing our very best. As you are aware we do not deal direct with families, but take support requests…
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We’ve got a new grand total thanks to Poundland

I am delighted to say that we have just finished counting the huge pile of donations from the two Poundland shops in Dudley. With other donations from Blaze Hair and members of the public we are doing really well. Thank you so much everyone we now have plenty of stocking fillers, but still need main…
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Covid won’t stop us! Operation Santa Collection Points update

NEW STOURBRIDGE DROP OFF POINT Huge thanks to Darren from the Cornish Pasty Box @cornishpastybox for stepping up to help.  He is offering an opportunity to drop gifts at the Cornish Pasty Box on his Click and Collect Days.  The Cornish Pasty Box, Bradley Road, Wollaston, Stourbridge, DY8 1UX.  Near Lion Health Centre, opposite the…
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Roger Simmons and Mikey Southall to the rescue again! #teamsanta #covidwontstopus

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…
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Herbie goes bananas at his photo shoot and you can win him for £5!

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…
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Poundland Superstars from Dudley Store 1993 step up to help Operation Santa 2020 #teamsanta #covidwontstopus

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…
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We need YOUR help to ensure that no child thinks Santa has forgotten them this Christmas! #Covidwontstopus

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and we have all been affected.  Our annual Operation Santa Dudley borough appeal has been bringing smiles to children’s faces for over 40 years. We want to make sure  that no child thinks Santa has forgotten them. This year Christmas will be tougher than ever for those…
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Great news and lovely people in these challenging times @WeAreBCR @Nicklins

Huge thanks to the fabulous team from Nicklins Accountants in Halesowen who have gathered donations from their colleagues and customers. Collected them this morning and it will all go to wonderful homes we promise. Please thank everyone for their kindness 🙂  
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FAQ’s about Operation Santa Dudley borough

How are we funded? My salary is paid by Dudley CVS, the charity I work for and they have run this appeal for over 40 years. Everyone who helps is a VOLUNTEER who gives their time for free We run the appeal from a venue which has been given to us for FREE. In 2019…
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Does your child need a coat for the winter season? Coats for Kids is now in Stourbridge and collecting now! @WeAreBCR

Let me tell you about an amazing community project called Coats for Kids. This is a nationwide project which takes donations of new and used children’s coats to give to others in the community for free, no questions asked. The project aims to: Ensure that every child enjoys outdoor play with warm clothing Tackle financial…
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Operation Santa Dudley borough 2019 – another epic adventure!

Dudley CVS which is a registered charity, has run its Operation Santa appeal for over 40 years and in 2019 was proud once again to work together to connect, collaborate and build partnerships with individuals, organisations, groups and businesses across Dudley borough, and beyond! It was been another whirlwind of activity with 12994 donations and some amazing support, and…
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Ending on a high with 12746 donations @WeAreBCR

So as Operation Santa closes for 2019 let’s celebrate another amazing year with a huge number of donations = happy faces for local children and young people on Christmas morning.  Here’s to all you lovelies who’ve supported – the amazing elves – Trev, Rose, Andy, Jayne, Steve, Sarah, Phil and the people who popped in…
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Our lovely supporters

So many wonderful people have supported us this year and here’s the current list 🙂   Airtime Ajaib Paul – DMBC Alex Sutton All Saints Claverley Amanda Field Amblecote Methodist Church Ami Flanaghan Amy Shaw –  DMBC Andy Elbro Anita Metelko DMBC Anonymous Bethan Tolley Beverley Smith BH Performsnce Bill Perry & Judie Perry Blaze…
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A phenomenal day at our first of three Christmas parties

So today we had a wonderful party at DY1 with lots of happy children  enjoying a turkey dinner, entertainment and a present from a Santa. This is why we do what we do
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We’re on our final week, but we are so ready @WeAreBCR

We’ve had a frantic, but fortunate week as #teamsanta enter the final week of what we do. It’s been a week of laughter, tears and on one occasion Morris dancing! 🙈 Huge thanks to our fabulous friends at Black Country Radio for helping us reach more potential donors than ever before, we are so grateful.…
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We’ve updated our supporters list – so many lovely people

Apologies for the delay but I’ve finally updated our Supporters list and wanted to say a huge thank you to the lovely people who have supported us so far this year 🙂 Airtime All Saints Claverley Amanda Field Amy Shaw –  DMBC Andy Elbro Beverley Smith Bill Perry & Judie Perry Blaze Hair Boo Lewis…
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A grateful group – lovely words as they wrap the gifts for the kids they support

“To Team Santa.  I cannot explain how amazing it is to be able to give our children the presents you’ve donated to us, it’s hugely appreciated. Every year you give such amazing presents for our children.  A huge thank you from Dudley Young Carers.  I hope you and all the team have an amazing Christmas!!!…
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What you give makes a difference – please support us

Feedback from a Mum who has just been given her presents and food “Can you please tell the team how grateful I am for the gifts and food, it means so much. I am truly touched, you guys, every single one of you do an amazing job, helping young families, young people and the vulnerable…
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Our latest donations total is 6404 but we need more donations please @WeAreBCR

We’ve had a bumper week of donations, but have had lots of smalls this week in particular, which would make a very small grotto present, but we are desperate for main presents. The current situation is that we can only honour the lists we have booked in and there are lists and lists waiting, plus…
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Students dig deep to help local children this Christmas

Local Councillor Jake Cooper organised a fundraiser for local children this Christmas.  8 students at the University helped him throughout the week to raise £314 for Operation Santa and with the money they have managed to get 36 kids a present for Christmas.  We are so grateful for his support and the toys will be…
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Cycling for Santa, 30k A Day Everyday in November @WeAreBCR

Most of us go cycling now and again, some of us may even travel a few miles, but Daz Rudge and Craig Knowles are doing a 30K cycle challenge for Operation Santa this year!  These wonderful guys work for Virgin Media and are hoping to raise money to buy toys and gifts for local less…
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Wowsers what a week! Feeling good this Friday @WeAreBCR

So I think i can safely say we have had a phenomenal week at Operation Santa HQ. 1948 donations, new supporters via our friends at Black Country Radio and through our Facebook feed. it’s been a week of monster shopping trips for gifts, sorting and organising the grotto ready for our first collections today. 16…
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Wow what an amazing few days and look at the total!

What a fabulous few days we’ve had in Operation Santa HQ and are now up to wait for it … 4329 donations! So many people wanting to help and here’s who’s supported us in this year so far, every one a star Amanda Field Andy Elbro Brett and supporters Camilla Candace Caroline Harvey – Higgs…
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We have broken 2000 donations whoop whoop

Delighted to share that we are now at 2032 donations thanks to an influx last week and today.  We still need presents and treats though so please do share our wishlists and helps Volks Magic sell lots of lovely raffle tickets for this gorgeous red VW Beetle cabriolet 🙂
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Win a red VW Beetle Cabriolet for just £5 a ticket and make sure local children don’t think Santa has forgotten them this Christmas!

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…
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I’ve got a feeling that Operation Santa 2019 is going to be amazing! @WeAreBCR

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…
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What a phenomenal weekend that was! #teamsanta #

I’ve just had the most amazing weekend at VDubz in the Valley with Lee Southerton from Volks Magic and the amazing Santa’s a Gangster crew.  Garry and Hayley who organised the event have a real passion for raising awareness of the charity and getting people to dig deep.  There were so many donations, they held…
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Great news for #TeamSanta

So I am delighted to confirm that we have a venue for this year’s grotto and it’s still in Brierley Hill. All on one floor, level access and a very welcoming team of volunteers who really want to help us raise our profile, so all good.  First batch of baby toiletries, nappies etc have arrived…
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How would you feel if on Christmas morning, Santa had forgotten you?

Well let’s not let this happen.  The more we collect, the more we help Santa out. Remember, people fall upon hard times for many reasons. But, let’s not make it the children’s fault this Christmas! help us spread the word and share our posters please!
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Why not support Operation Santa 2019 by sharing our essentials 2019 list?

Our usual essentials list has been updated for 2019, as our range of support needs to meet the needs of local children, young people and their families.  Please do support us and share our lists with family, friends and colleagues. Every gift really does make a difference.  essentials 2019
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