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About Toys & Tins

The Salvation Army has always responded to need in a very practical way since it was formed in 1865.


About the appeal

For more than 30 years, The Salvation Army has been transforming Christmases across Norfolk through the Toys & Tins appeal.

As a Church and charity, The Christmas Story inspires us to care for people who are vulnerable or in need throughout the year and especially during the festive season.

Members of the public donate gifts and food for children and families who might otherwise go without at Christmas. Toy parcels and food hampers are then packed and distributed to those in need by Salvation Army volunteers.

We work with local agencies to reach people in need of support. Families and individuals can be referred or refer themselves to the appeal and we then arrange for appropriate toy parcels and food hampers to be delivered.

In the 1990s the appeal evolved from a Norwich-centred initiative to encompass the whole of Norfolk and gained support from BBC Radio Norfolk.

BBC Radio Norfolk acts as a media partner, promoting the appeal as a community endeavour, while The Salvation Army remains responsible for the delivery of the appeal.

How can you help?

If you are interested in volunteering or donating toys, tins, or monetary gifts to the appeal please contact your local Salvation Army in Norfolk by using our interactive

Referral agency applications