TD_Argos_Toy_Exchange_2FESTIVE generosity begins early this year for youngsters across the UK with the launch of the third annual Argos Toy Exchange with children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Until 25 November, drop off your once-loved toys at Argos or Barnardo’s stores in return for a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend), to be redeemed at Argos by 24 December.

All donated toys are sold in Barnardo’s retail outlets to raise funds for the charity.

Gerard Cousins, Barnardo’s Director of Retail and Trading, said: “Barnardo’s helps some of the most disadvantaged youngsters in the UK for example; those growing up in poverty, those trying to escape abuse and those living in care. Profits from the toys, when sold will fund this work.”

Helping others enjoy Christmas

Research from Argos and Barnardo’s has shown that 92 per cent of children would happily give up some of their Christmas presents if it means a disadvantaged child can enjoy a happier Christmas.

The new study also revealed that 61 per cent of children spend some time during their Christmas break supporting various causes with bake sales, sponsored silences, carol concerts and charitable donations.

This year, TV presenter and mum of two Tess Daly has signed up to make this year’s event the most successful yet.

She said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the Argos Toy Exchange this year. It’s an incredibly worthwhile cause and one which can help make Christmas that little bit more special for disadvantaged families across the UK.

“We want to bring the grand total from the three Toy Exchanges to £2 million. With more than 1,150 Argos and Barnardo’s stores throughout the country it’s so simple to just pop down to your local branch and get donating.”

For more information about the Toy Exchange, visit www.argos.co.uk/toyexchange

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