On Christmas Eve, staff and volunteers delivered the last 100 bags of gifts around the city to complete BCM’s 2018 ToyLink project. In total, 1,400 families, that is 3,500 children, received parcels, families which struggle to make ends meet, especially over Christmas. The photos and words on this page represent the hundreds of grateful families and the kind people who have helped bring them a bit of joy over the past weeks. Those volunteers and donors are myriad – thank you so very much.
Just over a year ago money wasn’t much of a worry and life was going well and then my marriage broke down, leaving me alone with my 9 month old baby boy.
A year on I am doing much better and my son is an amazing little boy. He has many ailments as he has global developmental delay so he does not talk or weight bear at the moment.
Christmas is a very expensive time of year and especially because the things I’ve bought are sensory toys, not just off the shelf, so I got very little for my money. Then you all came along. I returned home and you had delivered this amazing bag of presents. I had to open them to see if they would be suitable as my son eats inappropriate things due to his sensory needs. As I opened them I cried. The presents were absolutely beautiful and I cannot thank you enough for this amazingly kind gesture. There was even a fabulous sensory book which is just great and I know he will love it. I have since rewrapped them ready for Christmas morning.
Once again I cannot thank you enough from the bottom of my heart. I am eternally grateful to everyone involved. You’re earth’s angels! Merry Christmas to you all.
One day in the run up to Christmas, ToyLink had a visit from Birmingham City Football Club’s Gardner brothers (pictured above). Craig said, ‘The squad, staff and players all put money together to buy some toys for the kids at the Birmingham City Mission. We hope the kids enjoy it and wish them a Happy Christmas.’
Ranjit came initially for 3 days to help. She liked it so much that she stayed for 20 days!
‘I came along, was welcomed and taken to the building where the toy wrapping was taking place. It was so organised. Bobbie guided me around and I felt part of the team straight away. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time. It has been so rewarding, touching and I’m very grateful to be given this opportunity. I look forward to the ToyLink Project 2019 – wrapping, sorting, gift donations and shopping. Thank you. It has been an absolute pleasure.’
On the day before Christmas there were still 100 bags to be delivered when Jade and her son (pictured right) arrived to offer their help.
Eric, BCM Missionary, shares one delivery story:
‘I was out with Kevin delivering toys and arrived at a flat where a lady welcomed us. She was in very bad health, coughing and had lost lots of weight. She told us that she had just arrived home from the hospital fifteen minutes before with her young daughter who had been hospitalised. We asked her if we could pray for them and she opened the house and invited us inside, begging us to bless her child. Kevin prayed for the child and for herself in the name of Jesus and I added a prayer, asking God to bring his peace upon the family.’