Ulster GAA are getting behind an initiative from Translink that’s urging people across the North to ensure every child receives a present on Christmas day this year despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Stuff A Bus Northern Ireland, launched by Translink in 2017, receives thousands of toys every year in aid of the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul. But this December, the festive toy and gift drop-offs cannot take place as usual due to Covid-19 restrictions.
However, although the bus may be empty this year, no child should experience an empty Christmas. So Translink along with partners U105 and Belfast Live have instead launched a virtual toy appeal and they are calling for online donations at www.stuffabusni.com .
Everyday Coronavirus brings new challenges, especially for the most vulnerable in society and it is estimated that over 100,000 children in the North live in poverty and it’s likely that by Christmas that number will be even greater.
The initiative has got off to a great start with more than £50,000 donated so far, but you can still donate to the Appeal please visit www.stuffabusni.com – it’s running until Christmas Eve and the more donations, the more families can be helped.
The Stuff A Bus NI Toy Appeal relies on the generosity of local people, Translink passengers, staff and organisations. It comes at a time when there is an increasing level of need as more and more families will likely face financial difficulties this year, who have never needed support before.
To make a donation now visit: www.stuffabusni.com .
Follow the conversation online using #StuffABusNI and keep up to date with fundraising efforts and announcements on U105 Radio and Belfast Live.