A charity is hoping to make sure that children wake up to some presents for Christmas.

The Watford Salvation Army, St Albans Road, is encouraging people to donate toys and presents to assure that families in need can enjoy Christmas this year too.

Through donations made, the charity is hoping that more than 500 children from Watford will be treated to new gifts.

New unwrapped toys for children aged 0 to 16 years can be donated at The Entertainer at Intu since November 1 or from December 1 at Asda, St Albans Road.

Ruth Whitehead, the outreach manager at Hertfordshire County Council’s ARC services, said: “Last year, we delivered more than 700 gifts to families in need.

“If you have children, grandchildren, or children you support, think of what they might like in their Christmas stocking and consider buying an extra present and donating it.

“We’re asking for brand-new toys or gifts so the families we support feel extra special.”

Gifts can range from cuddly and educational toys, to more practical presents like toiletries and electronic accessories.

Partners in Hertfordshire County Council and local schools will then distribute the gifts to children and families in the area.

Church leader, Captain Mark Scoulding, said: “During the festive season, when many are enjoying celebrations with friends and family, others are struggling to make ends meet.

“Working in close partnership with the County Council, nearby schools and local businesses, we will ensure your generous Christmas gifts go to those who might otherwise go without.

“The Christmas Story inspires us as a church to reach out to those in need, so we’re running the Christmas Present Appeal to ensure every child gets a present.”

For more information about the Christmas Present Appeal, contact Captain Mark Scoulding on 01923 801169 or watford@salvationarmy.org.uk.