No child should think Santa has forgotten them, so this year, Black Country Radio is teaming up with Dudley CVS and Operation Santa to help make that a reality.
Operation Santa is a local campaign which has been operating for over 40 years. The idea is simple - we collect donations of new toys, gifts and food to help make Christmas special for children, young people and their families across Dudley borough.
Many of the recipients would otherwise get nothing for Christmas and we channel the donations to local voluntary, community and faith groups who support children and families in crisis. Whatever is collected only goes to children, young people and their families who live within Dudley borough, it does not go out of the area or overseas.
Many of our recipients are from families where the parents work, but are struggling to make ends meet. At the last count over one third of the children in the borough have been classified as disadvantaged and live below the poverty line, so every year is a challenge.
Thanks to fabulous supporters last year we received 13,000 donations which were shared out to local children, young people and their families.
What do Operation Santa collect?
Operation Santa collects anything a child or young person may need - and not just toys and gifts. We have new clothing donated such as pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers. Last year included a fabulous corporate donation from a large well-known national store, new baby and children’s clothes, adult sized jumpers, coats, hats, boots and even fleecy blankets, sleeping bags and battery powered lanterns, which were passed on to a charity supporting young homeless people. Food and Christmas treats are donated too and last year were put together hampers of Christmas treats for families.
You can download information on items that can be donated, here:
The team at VolksMagic have donated a VW Beetle Convertible to support Operation Santa and it's being raffled to raise as much as possible for the cause.
Entry is £5 per ticket and you can enter as many times as you want.
The easiest way to send a general enquiry is to complete the contact form below.
Please note that we get a large amount of enquiries in the run up to Christmas - we may take a few days to reply.
Alternatively, you can call the Grotto Hotline on 07860 644468.
*Phone lines operate Mon-Fri, 09:30-16:30, during November and December. There is NO answering service, so if you can't get through we suggest calling back later in the day or sending a message through our contact form. Alternatively, you can leave a message at the main Dudley CVS office by calling 01384 573381.